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Left: family and friends release pink balloons Right: Andreae Lloyd

Police officers can help prevent domestic violence killings by asking the right questions

BY: - December 7, 2023

For help, call 800-799-7233, or text “START” to 88788 for the 24/7 National Domestic Violence Hotline. Today, Andreae Lloyd’s family will mark the second anniversary of her death. Just after midnight on Dec. 7, 2021, police say, Xavier Johnson, Lloyd’s boyfriend, knocked on the door of the Miami-area group home she managed, where she was working an overnight […]

ACLU of North Carolina attorney Michele Delgado

ACLU of NC’s Michele Delgado on the disparity in referrals for disorderly conduct in NC schools

BY: - November 20, 2023

In “The Consequences of Cops in North Carolina Schools,” researchers report that current state law – which grants police broad and vaguely worded authority – has led to a situation in which school-based complaints of disorderly conduct against Black students occur at four times the rate of white kids. In some counties, the numbers were […]

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Georgia man arrested while carrying assault-style firearm near U.S. Capitol 

BY: - November 7, 2023

WASHINGTON — U.S. Capitol Police used a taser on and arrested a man on Tuesday whom they alleged walked with an assault-style weapon near the Capitol building, though it didn’t initially appear the man made any direct threats against members of Congress. USCP Chief Tom Manger said during a brief press conference that a 21-year-old […]

‘A collective sigh of relief’: Suspect in Lewiston, Maine shooting found dead

BY: - October 28, 2023

The 40-year-old Bowdoin man suspected of murdering 18 people in Lewiston was found dead Friday night after a two-day search. “I stand here tonight to simply report that Maine State Police have located the body of Robert Card,” said Gov. Janet Mills at a 10 p.m. news conference in Lewiston City Hall. Card is suspected […]

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Maryland’s U.S. attorney charges former NC police chief, others with machine gun conspiracy

BY: - October 23, 2023

Former police chiefs in North Dakota and North Carolina are facing charges in Maryland in connection with a conspiracy to illegally acquire machine guns and other firearms — and court records indicate the case could reach into other states as well. The charges are similar to those faced by Frederick County Sheriff Chuck Jenkins (R), […]

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ACLU of North Carolina report: Black students are the subject of disorderly conduct complaints at four times the rate of white counterparts

BY: - October 20, 2023

From 2017 to 2023, statewide law enforcement and school staff filed school-based complaints of disorderly conduct against Black students at four times the rate of their white counterparts, according to a new report by the ACLU of North Carolina. And the disparity in the rate of referrals for disorderly conduct in schools is worse for many […]

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Sexual assault survivors can now track their rape kits in most states

BY: - September 8, 2023

It can take hours for a sexual assault victim to undergo the multiple swabs, hair samples, blood and urine collections, and other invasive procedures of a sexual assault examination. And then it can take months, sometimes years, for investigators to process that evidence kit. But now, responding to demands from survivors and their advocates, more […]

Legislators could prohibit police from releasing mugshots

BY: - February 21, 2023

Legislators will consider a bill this session that would bar police from releasing people’s mugshots. The proposal would ban law enforcement agencies from releasing booking photographs taken when a person is processed when they’re admitted to jail. Those mugshots would not longer be subject to public records laws. There’s a notable exception: police could release mugshots in […]

U.S. Senate Republicans pan Democrats on crime, say they’ll introduce their own bill

BY: - September 15, 2022

WASHINGTON — A small group of U.S. Senate Republicans sought to draw attention to U.S. crime rates Wednesday, saying they plan to introduce a bill that would direct more resources to state and local police departments as well as require the Government Accountability Office to study the amount of time it takes crime labs to […]

Durham hosting “ShotSpotter” community forums starting this weekend

BY: - September 9, 2022

This weekend the City of Durham will host the first of at least four community forums on the use of ShotSpotter technology to reduce crime. ShotSpotter is a controversial tool used by police departments across the country to reduce gun violence. Sensors alert police when guns are fired, helping them respond faster. Microphones will be placed […]

Biden touts public safety policy in visit to Pennsylvania

BY: - August 31, 2022

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — President Joe Biden knocked defenders of the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol while touting his recent public safety policy wins in a visit to Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday. “You can’t be pro-law enforcement and pro-insurrection,” Biden said.


Don’t claim to support law enforcement if you demonize the FBI and IRS

BY: - August 15, 2022

This may come as news to Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley and many of his fellow Republicans:  The Federal Bureau of Investigation is a law enforcement agency. So is the Internal Revenue Service. Most people already think of the FBI as an elite policing agency. But the IRS also investigates crime beyond tax evasion and fraud. […]