Canada: The BC Federation of Labour Calls for Policing Alternatives

Indigenous woman with shoulder length hair stands behind microphone, in front of a white wall, with some other meeting attendants behind her.

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 […]

Reforming Police Hiring Needed for Police Reform

Recently, there has been concern regarding police hiring practices. In Cleveland Ohio, there was a review of 44 files for the 148th Recruitment Class for their police force. The report showed that the background checks conducted were “superficial” and criminal background checks weren’t consistently done. The monitoring team also identified a troubling absence of full […]

Police Falsely Charging Physically Handicapped Black Man After Police Brutality Incident

Michael Torrey-White

Cop “tackled, handcuffed, and detained” unarmed 67-year-old black man, Michael Torrey-White who was using a walker. The suspect they were looking for was listed as in their 30s. “They never said, ‘sorry, we got the wrong guy,’” Torrey-White said. “They never apologized to me.” When Torrey-White filed a complaint days later, cops falsely charged the […]

Western Massachusetts Focusing on Police Alternatives

(Amherst, MA). Community Responders for Equity, Safety, and Service (CRESS) has a new director. The department has joined several initiatives to offer alternatives to police when a call involves a mental health crisis. CRESS will send responders, trained to deal with mental health, to these calls instead of police. More on this story here.

Police Reform Protests in New Jersey

Bridgewater Protest

Widespread support from the New Jersey community appeared at Bridgewater. Many have demanded police reform over the past year, especially since America’s racial reckoning heated up in 2020, yet very little has changed. The incident that sparked this protest started with two boys at the Bridgewater Commons Mall. Z’Kye, a 14-year-old boy who was Black, […]

Washington State Police Reform

The Washington State Legislature has passed sweeping police reform laws as community policing policies and practices have been placed under scrutiny. A handful of police reform bills were passed during the 2021 legislative session and beginning on July 25.The law aims to reduce use-of-force usage by police and limit the amount of physical force necessary. […]

Sexual Assault Against People with Disabilities Unlikely to Reach Courts

(Tasmania, Australia) A state sexual abuse support service says reports to police of sexual violence against Tasmanians with a disability are often not prosecuted in court. The sexual Assault Support Service chief executive said 25 per cent of women with a disability had experience some form of sexual violence compared to 15 per cent of […]