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Investing In Harm Reduction Must Be Included In The Movement To Defund Police

When police respond to 911 calls about people experiencing homelessness or mental health crises, the results can be lethal. As protests against police brutality continue to grip the nation, cities are beginning to acknowledge that law enforcement isn’t well equipped to handle these cases. Instead, there’s growing momentum not just for defunding police, but for investing […]

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Why Police Brutality Is a Public Health Issue

Beyond the statistics, though, we need to gather raw data on the lived experiences of police brutality’s victims—firsthand and secondhand—if we want to craft solutions that actually help them. “That data is not just numbers…I think we have to prioritize people’s stories,” Alang says. “Because if we have policy-making around police brutality or defunding the […]

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4 Ways the Police Response to Protests Could Contribute to the Coronavirus Pandemic

As the anti-racism protests across the country continue, some experts worry that they’ll contribute to the spread of the coronavirus. But the police response to the protests—which so far has included tear gas, less-lethal rounds, and crowding protestors together—is also likely to lead to more coronavirus infections. Here are four specific ways that the police […]

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Helicopters, Police Checks, Fines: Australia’s Easter Travel Crackdown Against Coronavirus

See the latest stories on the coronavirus outbreak.   MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australia will deploy helicopters, set up police checkpoints and hand out hefty fines to deter people from breaking an Easter travel ban, officials warned on Friday, in their toughest crackdown against the coronavirus, even as its spread slows. More than half of Australians identify themselves as Christians, […]

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Police Are Trying To Free Inmates At Risk Of Coronavirus. Why Are Judges Blocking Them?

Faced with the looming threat of the coronavirus, Harris County, Texas, Sheriff Ed Gonzalez did something unusual for a lifelong law enforcement officer. Two weeks ago, he issued a “compassionate release” plan to complement an arrest-reduction strategy that shrank the jail population from 9,100 to 8,500 in just a few weeks.  Allowed to continue, the […]