Stories tagged: "police reform"


People attending a rally against racism clap and hold signs Saturday, June 13, 2020, in Beaver, Pa. in a protest in the wake of the death of George Floyd who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
PA Lawmakers Passed A Series of Police Reform Bills. Here’s What’s in Them.

The legislation requires police agencies implement strict use-of-force policies, document and report use-of-force incidents, and bans the use of chokeholds.

In this June 15, 2020, file photo, a giant "BLACK LIVES MATTER" sign is painted in orange on Fulton Street, Monday, June 15, 2020, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
Today Is Juneteenth. Here Are 7 Things You Can Do to Fight for Racial Justice.

Five racial justice activists share what steps Americans can take to push for changes in policing and achieve true racial justice.

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The ‘Warrior Mindset’ of Cops Is One of the Biggest Obstacles to Police Reform

“Fear is motivating a lot of excessive force because you just have a lot of officers out there who don't know how to handle themselves properly” in situations that require the use of defensive tactics.

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney walks across Broad Street to meet with people Thursday, June 4, 2020, in Philadelphia, after days of protest over the May 25 death of George Floyd, who died after being restrained by police in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney Backs off Police Budget Increase

Kenney is now calling for keeping the police department's funding even next year, amid protests from the city council over a proposed $19 million increase.

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Police Unions Are Preventing Real Reform. Here’s How.

In many police unions, advocacy for members often means ignoring misconduct, supporting officers regardless of what they’ve done, fighting tooth and nail against meaningful reform, and in some cases, resorting to threats.