Police de-escalation training downsizes use of force
INDIANAPOLIS – As departments across the country implement de-escalation techniques into their training curriculums, researchers cite it as one of the most sought-after types of police reform. But activists say more must be done.
‘Back the Blue’ laws protect police, expand qualified immunity from lawsuits
ALTOONA, Iowa – After the nationwide protests in the wake of George Floyd’s murder, states have enacted laws to protect police under hate crime law, cementing qualified immunity from lawsuits and, in Arizona, a limit on filming police that has drawn controversy.
Police unions play multiple roles in reform efforts
MADISON, Wisc. – The power dynamic with some police unions has shifted – whether by choice or force. Some union leaders have tried to lead change, others have made concessions and some are fighting to maintain their power.
Battle for police reform has been fought for decades
OAKLAND, Calif. – Activists are pushing for police reform, building on the struggles of the past to improve the future of policing in the U.S. To long-time activist Elaine Brown in Oakland, that means being willing to risk your job, to consistently confront the uncomfortable.