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An accurate accounting of killings by police has been difficult. The Department of Justice is now piloting an open-source program to keep track of police involved in death.

Here is what we know about “Police Killings of Blacks: What the Data Say.”

The Chicago PD has released recordings from video cameras.  Should Nassau PD do the same?

The Department of Investigations for the NYPD said that going after low-level crime doesn’t deter major crimes. The report also noted that low-level crime enforcement was concentrated in precincts with had proportions of blacks and Hispanics.The NYPD called the report flawed.

Tasers are used on minorities at a higher rate in Connecticut, according to an Associated Press study.

Two recent books take opposing views of community and police relations. One sees a war against cops and urges a return to aggressive tactics; the other argues there is no evidence that aggressive police work deters crime. The books couldn’t view matters more differently. Barry Friedman, director of the Policing Project at NYU School of Law reviews both books in the New York Times Book Review.

The Chicago PD has released recordings from video cameras.  Should Nassau PD do the same?

Police in Oregon, and elsewhere, are taking a different approach to confrontations with the mentally ill, as explained in this NY Times article.

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