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Current Policing Concerns
Books & eBooks
Black Lives Matter
The frustration over the perceived lack of value of African Americans in the United States spurred #BlackLivesMatter. The activist group mobilized as a rash of killings of unarmed African Americans by police seemed to plague the country.
Crisis and Control: The Militarization of Protest Policing
An activist's guide to understanding the militarization of the policing of protest. The author shows that the increasing role of the security and defense industries, professional police associations, anti-terrorism initiatives and the diffusion of 'best practices' amongst policing networks have accelerated the use of less lethal weapons, pre-emptive arrests and barricading strategies against protesters.
The Opioid Epidemic
This riveting collection of articles tracks the opioid crisis examining the causes, impact, and response to the crisis, this collection offers readers a comprehensive approach to an unfortunately frequent topic of headlines.
The State of American Policing
This study of American policing covers hot-button issues including police use of deadly force against and bias toward minorities.
The Use and Abuse of Police Power in America
Providing a timely and much-needed investigation of how U.S. law enforcement carries out its public safety and crime fighting mandates, this book is an invaluable resource for students, educators, and concerned citizens.
Policing the Police 2020
Race, policing and the struggle to hold departments accountable. In the wake of George Floyd's killing, New Yorker writer Jelani Cobb examines prospects for reform and returns to the case of one troubled department he first visited in 2016.
P.S. I Can't Breathe
Tens of thousands of protesters and social justice groups rallied together in NYC to urge lawmakers to take action against police brutality after a grand jury deliberated to not indict the officer responsible for Eric Garners death. The film goes on to discuss topics regarding police training, race, media's influence on the perception of black culture, fear towards Black Men and its impact on aggressive policing.
How This Year's Antiracism Protests Differ from Past Social Justice Movements
Philadelphia protests over the killing of Walter Wallace Jr. represent only the latest in a year of nationwide demonstrations against racism and police violence. The ongoing movement has captured attention and provided political fodder -- but it also reflects a long American history of organizing against injustice.
How Anti-Racism is a Treatment for the 'Cancer' of Racism
The deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor have sparked a renewed dialogue on racism in America. Reform advocates want policy and institutional changes, but individuals are also asking how they can address their own inherent racism. Amna Nawaz talks to Ibram X. Kendi, author of "How to Be An Antiracist," and Robin DiAngelo, author of "White Fragility".
Articles about Policing Concerns
Police Reform Through a Power Lens
Scholars and reformers have in recent years begun to imagine new and different configurations for how the state can design policing institutions. This Article examines the movement focus on power shifting in the governance of the police at both the local and national levels.
Can Criminal Justice Reform Survive a Wave of Violent Crime?
The article discusses the possible effects of the increasing number of violent crimes to the efforts to advance criminal justice reform in the U.S.
Guide to Critical Issues in Policing
The critical issue topic areas included in this report are:
1. Police Use of Force and Accountability
2. Managing Mass Demonstrations
3. Police Encounters with Persons with Mental Illness/Behavioral Health Challenges
4. Civil Rights Investigations of Local Police Agencies
5. Community Policing and Establishing Police Legitimacy
6. Union-Management Relations in Policing
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