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“We don't have to defund police departments. We have to make sure they meet minimum basic standards of decency.”

—President Joe Biden

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“The silence of the good people is more dangerous than the brutality of the bad people.”

— Martin Luther King

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“No one is compelled to choose the profession of police officer; but having chosen it, everyone is obligated to perform its duties and live up to the high standards of its requirements.”

— President Calvin Coolidge

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4 current, former Louisville KY cops face federal charges over Breonna Taylor’s death

by Taylor Six, Lexington Herald Leader Four current and former Louisville police officers have been arrested for their roles in a botched search warrant that was executed at the home…
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Equal Justice USA is a national organization that works to transform the justice system by promoting responses to violence that break cycles of trauma. We work at the intersection of criminal justice, public health, and racial justice to elevate healing over retribution, meet the needs of survivors, advance racial equity, and build community safety.

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Fact Sheet

  • 68% of Americans say police officers need additional training on how to handle confrontations with citizens.
    Cato Institute
  • 51% of Americans say they would pay higher taxes to outfit their local police department with cameras.
    Cato Institute
  • Seattle saw a 63% decrease in serious use-of-force incidents eight years after its police department went through a pattern-or-practice investigation that resulted in a consent decree.
    American Progress
  • Midwestern states have substantially lower police-related injury rates that appear to be associated with their less frequent use of weapons and greater reliance on low-level physical force tactics.
    Seattle University
  • 1,300 people in San Jose ended up in the ER after interacting with city police from 2017 to 2020. Control holds played a role in 60% of the cases. Almost 20% of people were shot with stun guns, and 10% were hit with an "impact weapon" such as a baton.
    Marshall Project
  • 8 in 10 Americans support having outside law enforcement agencies investigate alleged police misconduct rather than leave the investigation to the local police department.
    Cato Institute

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Recommended Media

"Policing the Police" offers an up-close look at police reform efforts in Newark, NJ, after the force was found to have engaged in a pattern or practice of unconstitutional stops, searches and arrests of black residents. With gripping, on-the-ground access, this 2016 film examines the difficulties of fixing a broken relationship between the police and the community.

Where to Watch: YouTube

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The Force is a 2017 documentary film directed by Peter Nicks. The documentary describes two years of efforts by the Oakland Police Department to implement reforms against police misconduct and scandals, at a time of growing social unrest, protests demanding increased police accountability, and ongoing federal oversight. The film won the Documentary Directing Award at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and a Golden Gate Award at the 2017 San Francisco International Film Festival.

Where to Watch: Hulu, Vudu, YouTube

An urgent and powerful exploration of the rapid militarization of the police in the United States. Starting on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, as the community grapples with the death of Michael Brown, "Do Not Resist" offers a stunning look at the current state of policing in America and a glimpse into the future. The Tribeca Film Festival winner for Best Documentary puts viewers in the center of the action - from a ride-along with a South Carolina SWAT team and inside a police training seminar that teaches the importance of "righteous violence" to the floor of a congressional hearing on the proliferation of military equipment in small-town police departments - before exploring where controversial new technologies including predictive policing algorithms could lead the field next.

Where to Watch: YouTube, Google Play, Vudu

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