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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. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

Canada should enshrine police body cameras into law

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. Matthew J. Lee/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Police unions are one of the biggest obstacles to transforming policing

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. Brett Carlsen/Getty Images

A short history of black women and police violence

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. Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images

Students demand removal of ‘mild racist’ from Georgia landscape

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.
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. (AP Photo/Ragan Clark)

How police departments can identify and oust killer cops

Research on excessive use of force by police and the sociological context and psychological characteristics of killer cops point to useful policy measures.
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. LUIS TATO/AFP via Getty Images

Why violence is a hallmark of Kenyan policing. And what needs to change

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.
A protester holds a sign showing a black US flag during a demonstration in Denver, Colorado, on May 31, 2020. Jason Connolly/AFP

Police violence in the United States: what lies behind the ‘bad apples’ narrative

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.
Ahmaud Arbery’s best friend, right, and his sister speak at a memorial event for Arbery on May 9, 2020. Sean Rayford/Getty Images

Why cellphone videos of black people’s deaths should be considered sacred, like lynching photographs

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.
A woman flees as a riot police officer beats her with a baton during a protest over fees at the University of Nairobi. EPA/Dai Kurokawa

Why decades of Kenya police reforms have not yielded change

In spite of numerous reforms, it is evident that various forms of misconduct are interpreted as a part of everyday police work

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