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The Reference Shelf: Policing in 2020

Table of Contents

Preface: Policing America



1 The Police Force



Understanding Police Brutality



The Long, Painful History of Police Brutality in the U.S.



What the Police Really Believe



George Floyd and the History of Police Brutality in America



10 Things We Know about Race and Policing in the U.S.



Why Statistics Don’t Capture the Full Extent of the Systemic Bias in Policing



2 Policing in Place



Community Policing and the Role of Police



Polling Finds a Divide in How Americans View Police and Protestors



The Negative Consequences of Entangling Local Policing and Immigration Enforcement



Has ICE Found a Way to Get around Sanctuary Policies?



Calls for Reform Bring Renewed Focus to Community Policing, but Does It Work?



3 Plague Policing



Policing in the Age of COVID-19



Policing during the Coronavirus Pandemic



Explainer: Why Police Will Be Crucial Players in the Battle against Coronavirus



Do We Really Need the COVID-19 Police?



U.S. Policing after Wave One of COVID-19



COVID-19 Curbs Community Policing at a Time of Diminishing Trust



4 Training Days



Police Education and Policy



Police Reformers Push for De-escalation Training, but the Jury Is Out on Its Effectiveness



Private Company Moves to Profit from New York’s Police Reforms



Police Reforms Stall around the Country, Despite New Wave of Activism



Could “Insight Policing” Have Saved Sandra Bland, Freddie Gray and Others?



5 Steps Toward Reform



Solving Problems for a Better Policing System



“Perfect Storm”: Defund the Police, COVID-19 Lead to Biggest Police Budget Cuts in Decade



Los Angeles Cuts LAPD Spending, Taking Police Staffing to Its Lowest Level in 12 Years



What Exactly Does It Mean to Defund the Police?



The Defunding Debate



6 Policing the Digital Citizen



Technology in Policing



The Microsoft Police State: Mass Surveillance, Facial Recognition, and the Azure Cloud



Cops in Miami, NYC Arrest Protesters from Facial Recognition Matches



Police Are Using Facial Recognition for Minor Crimes Because They Can



Body Cameras Are Seen as Key to Police Reform: But Do They Increase Accountability?



Body Cameras May Not Be the Easy Answer Everyone Was Looking For



Amazon’s Doorbell Camera Ring Is Working with Police—and Controlling What They Say



How to Reform Police Monitoring of Social Media



Bibliography



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