People walk on the words ‘defund the police’ that was painted in bright yellow letters in downtown Washington, D.C., on June 7, 2020. The death of unarmed Black man George Floyd in Minneapolis sparked worldwide protests against police brutality.
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To use body cameras effectively, police need to be guided by law, not policy.
Protesters in front of Boston Police Headquarters during a United Against Racist Police Terror Rally on June 7, 2020.
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Across the United States, police are shielded from both public and departmental accountability by multiple layers of contractual and legislative protections.
A protester holds up a sign with Breonna Taylor’s name. Taylor was killed by police officers on March 13.
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Young men make up the majority of black people killed by police in the US. That's fed a perception that black women are somehow shielded from the threat of police violence. They aren't.
People raise their fists outside Atlanta City Hall during a protest over the death of George Floyd on June 6, 2020.
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As protests over George Floyd's death consume the country, students are forcing a reappraisal of a controversial editor and orator who helped build modern Atlanta.
Uriah Davis, left, a graduate student at Oklahoma State University, spoke to Police Chief Jeff Watts outside the Stillwater Police Department in Stillwater, Oklahoma, on June 3, 2020.
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Higher education can help empower students to take an active role in public safety. Here are several ways to do it.
Pepper spray uses a chemical called capsaicin. It's the same compound that makes chillies hot, but in a more intense, weaponised form.
Protesters march on June 6, 2020, in New York. Demonstrations continue across the United States in protest of racism and police brutality, sparked by the May 25 death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis.
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Research on excessive use of force by police and the sociological context and psychological characteristics of killer cops point to useful policy measures.
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Our experts look at why people of colour are being hit harder by COVID-19, New Zealand's success in eliminating the virus, and the latest on drug trials.
For police officers, building trust is a key part of their job.
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Some school districts are starting to remove police. A team of researchers explains why that could be a welcome trend.
A group of men protest while pulling a cart carrying the body of Vitallis Ochilo Owino in the Mathare slums of Nairobi, Kenya, on May 4, 2020. Vitallis Ochilo Owino was allegedly beaten to death by police officers while walking in the streets after curfew hours.
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The level of accountability within police agencies in Kenya is very low. They operate with impunity, because they know they will get away with it.
Police stand guard on Plymouth Avenue as firemen battle fires on July 21, 1967.
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After a riot broke out in 1967, Minneapolis officials squandered an opportunity to address the structural racism that led to George Floyd's death and a wave of unrest across the country.
A protester holds a sign showing a black US flag during a demonstration in Denver, Colorado, on May 31, 2020.
That George Floyd died at the hands of four police officers is uncontested, but interpretations of his death and its aftermath differ greatly. The result is two starkly opposed narratives.
The death of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer has sparked widespread outrage.
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Half a century after the federal government voided Jim Crow laws, the criminal justice system still discriminates against African Americans.
Sheriffs deputies in riot gear move in on protesters in Los Angeles, California.
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The militarization of local police departments has been associated with an increase in police violence against citizens.
Protesters outside of a burning Minneapolis police precinct.
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Opinions about demonstrations are formed in large part by what people read or see in the media. This gives journalists a lot of power when it comes to driving the narrative.
Ahmaud Arbery’s best friend, right, and his sister speak at a memorial event for Arbery on May 9, 2020.
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The US has a centuries-old tradition of killing black people without repercussion – and of publicly viewing the violence. Spreading those images can disrespect the dead and traumatize viewers.
South African police and military enforcing lockdown regulations in Cape Town, South Africa.
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The court says people need to be able to trust the government to abide by the rule of law, make rational regulations, and not intrude on the rights of those subject to the law.
A military officer distributes maize flour in Kampala, Uganda, where the urban poor have been affected by the lockdown.
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The relationship between the country's security forces and the civilian population has always been uneasy.
Police trying to enforce COVID-19 lockdown regulations outside a shop in Yeoville, Johannesburg.
Unlike in wealthy nations, lockdowns are simply impossible in overcrowded conditions with no sanitation and high levels of poverty.
A woman flees as a riot police officer beats her with a baton during a protest over fees at the University of Nairobi.
In spite of numerous reforms, it is evident that various forms of misconduct are interpreted as a part of everyday police work