SpotCrime Weekly Reads: COVID19 crime rates, open data and transparency during the pandemic

Protecting police against COVID19, domestic violence rises, some cities see increase in violent crime during pandemic, some cities using pandemic to ignore FOIA, flattening the curve in prisons, and more...


3 NYPD officers die within hours of each other due to coronavirus (FOX35)

What policing during the pandemic reveals about crime rates and arrests (PBS)

Police Protection and COVID-19: The Secrecy That Surrounds It (FoxBaltimore)


Seattle-area police blotters from 1918 pandemic and 2020 coronavirus: Which is which? (Seattle Times)

Car tracking data reveals massive fall in crime (GADGET)

Armed thieves are capitalizing on the fact that everyone’s now wearing masks in public (Quartz)

Rise in violent crime in Jacksonville despite more people staying at home (ActionNewsJax) see also: Portland Shootings Increase Despite Stay At Home Order (OPB) and also: Motor Vehicle Thefts Rise in New York City Amid Measures to Stop Coronavirus (WSJ)

Early fears about domestic violence during coronavirus were warranted, data shows (KUTV) see also: Utah County sees 75% increase in domestic violence 911 calls during pandemic (KUTV)

We Can Make the Post-Coronavirus World a Much Less Violent Place (


How Police Officers Are Using Technology to Stay Ahead of Crime (NewsAnyway)

The Intersection of Cyber Crime and Coronavirus Stimulus: The Perfect Storm for Fraud (NextGov)

ACLU sues BPD over aerial surveillance program (WBAL)

The Good the Bad of Big Data in the Criminal Justice System (InsideBigData)


Open-Data Programs Fuel Transparency and Democracy (State Tech)

The COVID-19 Disaster Has Made a Mess of Texas’ Open Government Rules: Some government officials in Texas appear to be exploiting the pandemic as a way to hide public business from the public. (Texas

Judge rules against Knox County sheriff in public records case, puts department under court orders (TN Coalition for Open Government)


COVID-related reforms bring cautious optimism from Twin Cities criminal justice activists (Star Tribune)

Gov. Brown: No mass inmate release but case-by-case action possible due to COVID-19 (KGW8)

Coronavirus Cases Still Increasing Despite Less Crowded Jails (NBC LA)


Man Arrested for Allegedly Slashing Tires on 22 Cars Parked Outside of a New York Hospital (Time)

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