Stories tagged: "police reform"


Mental health first-responder programs are being launched in cities like New York, San Francisco, and elsewhere as an attempt to diminish police violence.
Mental Illness Is Not a Crime, So Why Do We Police it Like One?

American cities are finally implementing first-responder programs that send behavioral health professionals—not cops—to non-violent and mental health-related crises.

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The News Media Whitewashed Police Brutality for Decades. Here’s Why We Believed Them.

Reporters have often blindly parroted law enforcement’s version of events, marginalized Black and Brown voices, focused on violence rather than protesters’ demands, and used irresponsible language when covering police brutality.

In this May 29, 2020 file photo, Denver Police officers form a line of defense as they square off with participants in a protest over the death of George Floyd, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Democrats Will Vote on Police Reform After Blocking GOP Bill Opposed by Civil Rights Groups

One month after a Minneapolis police officer killed George Floyd, Congress appears unable to meet protesters’ demands for police reform.

In this June 15, 2020, file photo, a giant "BLACK LIVES MATTER" sign is painted in orange on Fulton Street, Monday, June 15, 2020, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
Today Is Juneteenth. Here Are 7 Things You Can Do to Fight for Racial Justice.

Five racial justice activists share what steps Americans can take to push for changes in policing and achieve true racial justice.

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The ‘Warrior Mindset’ of Cops Is One of the Biggest Obstacles to Police Reform

“Fear is motivating a lot of excessive force because you just have a lot of officers out there who don't know how to handle themselves properly” in situations that require the use of defensive tactics.

Philonise Floyd, a brother of George Floyd, gives an opening statement during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on proposed changes to police practices and accountability on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, June 10, 2020, in Washington. Floyd arrived on Capitol Hill the day after funeral services for his George Floyd, who has become a worldwide symbol in demonstrations over calls for changes to police practices and an end to racial prejudices. (Michael Reynolds/Pool via AP)
WATCH: George Floyd’s Brother Calls on Congress to Step up and ‘Stop the Pain’

“I’m here today to ask you to make it stop. Stop the pain,” Philonise Floyd told the silenced hearing room.

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Police Unions Are Preventing Real Reform. Here’s How.

In many police unions, advocacy for members often means ignoring misconduct, supporting officers regardless of what they’ve done, fighting tooth and nail against meaningful reform, and in some cases, resorting to threats.