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Provincetown Police Department Implementing Body Cameras

The Provincetown Police Department will deploy body-worn cameras on all police officers starting Dec. 1, which the town said adds another layer of transparency to law enforcement and brings them in line with the 2020 Massachusetts police reform law. Officers will not face disciplinary actions for policy violations in the first 90 days to give law […]

Akron Police Department Reimplementing Dashboard Cameras

Dashboard cameras are back in Akron Police Department vehicles roughly five years after officials retired the devices. Calls for police reform, including the installation of dash cameras, came after the 2022 chase and fatal shooting of Jayland Walker. Officer-worn body cameras did not capture the full images of what happened outside the cruisers during the […]

Maryland Police Dragging Paralyzed Man from Car

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A Maryland local who was wheelchair bound was pulled out of his car on September 25 by an officer. The officer told the disabled man that he needed to get out of the car, and the disabled man informed him that he was paralyzed. Undeterred, the officer proceeded to pull the man out of the […]

District of Columbia Being Sued for Sending Armed Police To Mental Health Emergencies

Bread for the City, a D.C. nonprofit that provides food, medical, and social services to low-income residents, has filed a lawsuit against the city for sending armed D.C. police officers as “default” first responders to mental health crises Filed with the D.C. American Civil Liberties Union and the law firm Sheppard Mullin, the suit argues […]

“Reimagining the police”

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“Alternatives to public safety are gaining momentum, but activists worry many of these ‘alternatives’ still involve police and don’t address root causes.“ This piece by the Boston Globe tells the story of the author’s encounter with the police during and five of them arrested a young black man outside of her home. “I thought something’s […]

Police Reform in Minnesota

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Minnesota’s Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Board recently presented changes to policy governing police and sheriff’s departments for review by the Minnesota Office of Administrative Hearings. Two and a half years after Derek Chauvin killed George Floyd on May 25, 2020, and eighteen months after Chauvin was convicted of murder and manslaughter and sentenced […]

Canada: The BC Federation of Labour Calls for Policing Alternatives

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Several historic resolutions supporting Indigenous rights were considered at this year’s convention. “‘We have to come to terms with the violence that the police have on our people,’ Marjorie Dumont, a BC Teachers’ Federation delegate and a Wet’suwet’en member, told BC Federation of Labour conference attendees on Tuesday.” Reporting for the Tyee, Zak Vescera and […]

Maryland police to host traffic stop practice for disabled drivers & pedestrians

“Giving an individual who may have a disability the opportunity to have that first traffic stop, be in a controlled environment,” said Laurie Reyes, the Montgomery County Police Autism IDD Alzheimer’s and Dementia Unit Police Officer. “It’s more of a hands-on of, you know, what do you do when you get pulled over. Do you […]

Increased Demand in Mental Health Services Creating Shortfalls Within Crisis Assistance

(Eugene, OR) Eugene’s alternatives to armed police response, including White Bird Clinic’s nationally lauded CAHOOTS program, are an example of best practices but aren’t without challenges. CAHOOTS stands for Crisis Assistance Helping Out On The Streets. The service operated completely separate from EPD for the first two decades but began its first shift funded by […]