A photo from a demonstration calling for police accountability and an end to police brutality in Vancouver, in May 2020.
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The greedy tendencies of police departments help illustrate why public police funding is a major problem today in Canada and the United States.
Counter-protestors gather in support of vaccines and mandates to oppose the anti-vaccination protests that have grown into a broader anti-government movement tin Ottawa.
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To turn back the tides of radicalization and hate, Canada needs investments in our democratic culture, improvements in policing and support for grassroots efforts.
Rethinking what we mean by police sustainability, how we measure it and how we hold the police accountable for outcomes, may create the opening for a more viable path to reform.
The continued reliance on outdated indicators of police performance reinforce conventional ideas of police sustainability rather than align with the concerns of “defund the police” advocates.
Precincts around where George Floyd was killed voted in favor of disbanding the Minneapolis Police Department.
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Minneapolis residents voted 56% to 44% against an amendment that would have transformed the city’s police. The reasons they did so are complicated, an expert writes.
Another door closes on federal police reform.
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Months of bipartisan talks in Congress aimed at reaching consensus over policing reforms have ended with no agreement. Two policing scholars argue that federal efforts are better placed focusing on supporting local measures.
Police remove encampment supporters as they clear Lamport Stadium Park encampment in Toronto on July 21, 2021.
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A year after historic protests for police reform, it’s clear that the Toronto Police aren’t sincere about changing how they treat historically over-policed and criminalized communities.
A big driver of rising police pay across the United States is overtime for managing protests, political rallies and other public events.
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Despite growing public criticism over how much counties, cities and towns spend on policing, many are increasing officer pay.
A group of policemen in Marseille, France, pass in front of a bus shelter featuring a poster from the television series ‘Paris Police 1900’.
The classic cop show is now a problematic genre, but if it can change, then perhaps real world policing can too.
Protesters attend an anti-government march at Plaza Bolivar in Bogota, Colombia, where citizens have taken to the streets for weeks after proposed tax increases and to decry police brutality.
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The Colombian government responded violently to a general strike over tax reforms that primarily affected working-class citizens. It has fueled calls for police reform.
Legislation pending in Congress would contribute to reforming how police conduct themselves – but there’s a limit to what federal legislation can do.
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While many in America are looking to Congress to pass police reform legislation, the federal government has almost no control over state and local police departments.
Seattle police officers deploy pepper spray as they clash with protesters in Seattle, Washington, on July 25, 2020.
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New research confirms that unfair police treatment is psychologically damaging and that the consequences are decidedly worse for certain racial and ethnic groups.
A Los Angeles County police graduation ceremony, Aug. 21, 2020 in Monterey Park, Calif.
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Police are sworn to protect the public, but cadets are still trained for battle – not public service – according to a new study examining all 50 US state police academy curricula.
Getting police and community on board with reforms is crucial for success.
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Attempts to reform US police departments fail when they are unable to get community support. Perhaps it is time to take a different tack, argue two criminal justice scholars – one a former cop.
People cheer after a guilty verdict was announced at the trial of former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin for the 2020 death of George Floyd.
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In the wake of the conviction of the police officer who killed George Floyd, recent court decisions against what’s known as “qualified immunity” are promising.
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A lack of emotional support within the police is leading to PTSD and burnout.
New Jersey state troopers salute before an NFL football game.
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Racism was an early hallmark of the New Jersey State Police, and remains challenging for police agencies in the 21st century.
A police officer in Lagos, Nigeria, Nov. 3.
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The story of Nigeria’s #EndSARS movement shows just how durable law enforcement institutions are – and why the road to reform goes straight uphill.
Thousands of people protest to defund the police in support of Black Lives Matter and all social injustice against racism in Toronto on June 19, 2020.
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Reforming the police is possible, but it depends on applying pressure on politicians.
People protest to defund the police in front of Toronto Police Service headquarters on July 16, 2020.
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Amidst calls to defund the police, political leaders are increasing police budgets, arguing — incorrectly — that increasing police surveillance capacities will help provide accountability.
Research shows that arrests for serious crimes are quite rare.
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When police arrest a suspect who is then convicted of the crime, it is a rare exception rather than the rule in the US.