SpotCrime Weekly Reads: coronavirus and policing, coronavirus crime rate, coronavirus and surveillance

Crime rate changes during the pandemic, fines and ankle monitors for coronavirus violations, downsides of relying on predictive policing outlined by DOJ, looking at surveillance of citizens to fight pandemic, and more...


A Minnesota trooper pulled over a doctor for speeding. Then he gave her his N95 medical masks (CNN)

A 3rd NYPD member dies of coronavirus after hundreds of officers test positive (CNN)

Kentucky puts ankle monitors on coronavirus patients who break quarantine (Global News) and also: Six months in jail, $11,000 fine for leaving home without a 'reasonable excuse’ (The Sydney Morning Herald)

What to expect on patrol during the COVID-19 pandemicA BOLO for five call types officers may respond to during the current national emergency (PoliceOne)

'Blue wall of silence': When the sexual assault suspect is a police officer (Star Tribune)

Flood of retired Norfolk police officers offer services in wake of coronavirus (Eastern Daily Press)

Study Disputes ‘Ferguson Effect’ De-Policing Theory (TheCrimeReport)


COVID-19 plays role in crime rate (KHQA) see also: A look at crime rates since “Stay at Home” order enacted (WCIA) and also: As Coronavirus Surges, Crime Declines in Some Cities (The Marshall Project) and also: Policing during an outbreak: Fewer calls for service, but plenty of concern for safety (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel) and finally: Early Chattanooga crime stats suggest domestic violence and vehicle thefts are up amid coronavirus (Chattanooga Times Free Press)

Jeffrey Epstein’s Hollywood Pipeline Ran Straight to Harvey Weinstein (The Daily Beast)

UK Police Force Creates Tool That Lets People Snitch On Others For Not "Social Distancing" (ZeroHedge)

When coronavirus and gun violence collide, it makes both more deadly | Editorial (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

Criminals exploit COVID-19 fears to launch ‘unprecedented wave’ of global cyberattacks (Arab News)


Location Surveillance to Counter COVID-19: Efficacy Is What Matters (Law Fare Blog) see also: Cellphone tracking could help stem the spread of coronavirus. Is privacy the price? (ScienceMag)

FOIA'ed DOJ Report Points Out The Downsides Of Relying On 'Predictive Policing' To Fight Crime (TechDirt)

ShotSpotter reports San Diego had largest reduction of gunfire incidents in 2019 (The San Diego Union Tribune)

Digital Investigations Remain a Major Challenge for Law Enforcement (CPO Magazine)


How Research into Violent Crime Can Help Understand the Spread of Disease (Khalifa University)

Can We Trust the FBI's Crime Estimation Procedures? (

Suspension Of Hawaii’s Open Government Laws More Extreme Than Other States (Honolulu Civil Beat)


Overcrowded correctional facilities during a pandemic are disasters waiting to happen (CT Mirror) see also: Parole consideration moved up for 114 inmates; crowded prisons a concern amid outbreak (Arkansas Democrat Gazette)

Coronavirus Jails And Prisons-Will Correctional Officers Stay? (


Tampa megachurch pastor arrested after leading packed services despite 'safer-at-home' orders (Fox 13)

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