Body camera footage shows a Virginia police officer pepper-spraying a Black U.S. Army officer during a traffic stop in December 2020.
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Police officers who kill, injure or violate the rights of citizens are often not held accountable, even in civil court – because in most cases, they can't be sued for official acts.
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.
Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is taken into custody at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis, Minn., after being found guilty of murder in the 2020 death of George Floyd.
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The trial of Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd reveals a broken system of policing. The guilty verdicts should be a starting point for fundamental and meaningful change.
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.
Police body camera video shows Adam Toledo’s hands were raised just before he was shot.
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In the aftermath of Adam Toledo's death, police and a prosecutor framed the incident as a confrontation with an armed male holding a gun. Should reporters have been so quick to accept that version?
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A lack of emotional support within the police is leading to PTSD and burnout.
Christof Heyns served as UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial executions and on the UN Human Rights Committee.
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From his positions at the United Nations, Professor Heyns made a huge impact on the protection of the right to life and the right of peaceful assembly.
Police in riot gear line up against protesters during clashes in Kenosha, Wis., in August 2020 following the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man, two days earlier.
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We need to clarify the role of the police, to promote a more justice-oriented style of police leadership and to put in place long-term mechanisms of accountability to support and sustain change.
Floyd’s nephew, Brandon Williams (center), with the Rev. Al Sharpton (left) outside the heavily guarded Hennepin County Government Center, in Minneapolis, Minn., before the murder trial of Officer Derek Chauvin began, March 29, 2021.
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Research on racism and policing in the US, explained by the experts who study it.
When should the public be able to see what this camera captures?
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Nonwhites were less willing to wait for an internal investigation to wrap up before seeing the footage.
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.
Archival image from 1967 shows protesters demonstrating while Ku Klux Klan members walk in a parade to support the Vietnam War.
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If history is a guide, expanding police powers to address current white nationalist threats could result in future repression of activists of color.
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Recent political arguments about policing methods aren't supported by the evidence: New Zealand crime rates are static, and even declining in some categories.
Simon Bridges's attack on New Zealand's 'wokester' police commissioner might work as politics, but it fails to grasp the nature of policing in an open society.
Zenzo Msomi as Sipho (front) and Ngcebo Cele as Andile in Ulwembu.
With the community, the group of theatre-makers and academics created a play that could also serve as a policy brief on what's missing from the battle to reduce drug use in Durban.
The different responses to group gatherings among unionist and republican communities has caused upset.
Members of the Black Panther Party outside the High Point property raided by police.
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In the early hours of Feb. 10, 1971, heavily armed officers moved in on a house occupied by Black Panther activists – marking a policing trajectory toward a more militarized response to Black activism.
Riot police block a road entrance during a rally in London in 2011.
Police forces need to negotiate with communities to win back trust or risk getting trapped in a cycle of violence.
Police speak to a group of Trump supporters who were campaigning near a polling station on Nov. 3, 2020, in Honolulu.
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Police organizations in the United States have become political players in the election. This is due to politicians' responses to the Black Lives Matter and anti-police brutality movements.
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.