The Road to Removing Police From Traffic Enforcement

After the killing of Daunte Wright during a traffic stop, a legal expert and historian explains how design, decriminalization and disarming police could lead to safer streets. By Laura Bliss April 14, 2021 Lawmakers Push for Change in How Police Conduct Traffic Stops Laura Bliss is a writer and editor for CityLab in San Francisco, focused on transportation and technology. She also writes MapLab, a …

Cities Spend Millions On Police Misconduct Every Year. Here’s Why It’s So Difficult to Hold Departments Accountable.

By Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux, Laura Bronner and Damini Sharma, Five Thirty-Eight. Filed under Police Violence. Get the data on GitHub, Published Feb. 22, 2021 This article was published in partnership with The Marshall Project, a nonprofit news organization covering the U.S. criminal justice system. In the spring of 2016, the city of Cleveland agreed to pay $6 million to the family of Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old boy who was …

Powell Memorandum: Call to Arms for Corporations + Admission that War On Drugs Was to Target Black People and War Protesters

Also TOP ADVISER TO NIXON ADMITTED ‘WAR ON DRUGS’ WAS POLICY TOOL TO GO AFTER ANTI-WAR PROTESTERS AND ‘BLACK PEOPLE’ https://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/ex-nixon-aide-war-drugs-claims-article-1.2574918 “If this was indeed true, it would have been the Nixon-Ehrlichman private agenda. I can’t believe (Nixon administration official Egil) Bud Krogh would run the program with that agenda knowingly.” Dean said he never heard Nixon or Ehrlichman speak …

Just recovery policies

Foundations for a Just Recovery Many of the policy solutions we advocate for a just recovery are cross-cutting by nature. They aim to shift mindsets, cultural norms, how people are treated, how our voices are heard, and how bedrock environmental laws are upheld, creating an overarching structure from which to fight for social, environmental, and economic justice. Honor those whose …

Corporations Paying Lawmakers to Outlaw Protest Is a Crime Against Democracy

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and industry efforts have passed such laws in 13 states. Basav Sen and Gabrielle Colchete studied these anti-protest laws in their report, “Muzzling Dissent: How Corporate Influence Over Politics Has Fueled Anti-Protest Laws.” December 05, 2020 by Basav Sen, OtherWords More communities are standing up to pipelines. The fossil fuel industry wants to make that a felony. We …

LA County launches new Dept of Youth Development, looks into transfer of youth supervision from the Probation Department to therapeutic alternatives in the community over the next five years

Dec 2020, excerpt from the LA Progressive – LA is transfering $75 million in Probation Department funds to launch a new county Department of Youth Development. It will also research what statewide legislative and penal code changes might be required to transfer youth supervision from the Probation Department to therapeutic alternatives in the community over the next five years. Co-authored …

How to identify visible and invisible surveillance at protests

By Matthew Guariglia, EFF. November 10, 2020 | STRATEGIZE! UPDATE Nov. 5, 2020.  Want a crash course in how to identify surveillance technologies at protests? Watch EFF’s new video presentation on How to Observe Police Surveillance at Protests. The 25-minute video, taught by Senior Investigative Researcher Dave Maass, explains how you can identify various police surveillance technologies, like body-worn cameras, drones, and automated license plate readers, which may …

Kentucky Police Training Slideshow Quoted Hitler and Advocates ‘Ruthless’ Violence

By Satchel Walton and Cooper Walton, Manual Red Eye.October 31, 2020 | EDUCATE! Advocates ‘Ruthless’ Violence. UPDATE, 4:15 PM: Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear responded to this story with the following statement: “This is absolutely unacceptable. It is further unacceptable that I just learned about this through social media. We will collect all the facts and take immediate corrective action.” UPDATE, 5:15 PM: Morgan Hall, …

Racist gangs in police departments exert ‘undue influence’

Brennan Center, by Michael German, “Hidden in Plain Sight: Racism, White Supremacy, and Far-Right Militancy in Law Enforcement,” Facebook, Twitter, Share. SUMMARY: The government’s response to known connections of law enforcement officers to violent racist and militant groups has been strikingly insufficient. August 27, 2020 – full report further down. https://www.brennancenter.org/our-work/research-reports/hidden-plain-sight-racism-white-supremacy-and-far-right-militancy-law https://witnessla.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Marked-Draft-CJLP-Report-to-Stakeholders-re-Deputy-Gangs.pdf – 50 years of Deputy Gangs in LA County …