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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