SpotCrime Weekly Reads: excessive force, police homicides, domestic violence

Looking at data to prevent excessive force, software bug keeping people in prison, public health calls and policing, protests have led to decrease in police homicides, pandemic related spike in domestic violence across the nation, lowering violence without police, gun violence data transparency, and more... 


Cities spend millions on police misconduct every year. Here’s why it’s so difficult to hold departments accountable. (FiveThirtyEight)

New research suggests that Black Lives Matter protests have led to up to a 20% decrease in police homicides (University of Massachusetts Amherst) see also: Policing, brutality, and the demands of justice (Taylor and Francis Online)

Can Good Data Improve Policing and Prevent Excessive Force? (GovTech) and also: Advocating for Justice: Case studies in combating discriminatory policing (

Report: Spokane police more likely to use force against Black, Native American residents (KREM)

Three law enforcement, justice bills in Kentucky praised by crime group (WTVQ)

Policing and public health calls for service in Philadelphia (Crime Science Journal)

No officers in South Carolina were assaulted with arms or knives in 2019, study finds (TheCenterSquare)


Report confirms pandemic-related spikes in domestic violence (News@TheU) see also: Calls to LA County domestic violence hotline saw significant increase in 2020 (ABC7)

Trial collaboration between St. Louis county, city police near Jennings yields dip in crime (St Louis Post-Dispatch)

Shootings fell in Camden in 2020, but they rose in Paterson and Trenton. Here's why. (

Assessing the differential impact of vacancy on criminal violence in the city of St. Louis, MO (Sage Journals)

Can we lower urban violence without police? (

Why does California have so many unsolved cases and serial killers? (ABC10)


Home-security cameras have become a fruitful resource for law enforcement — and a fatal risk (WaPo)

Hackers Tied to Russia's GRU Targeted the US Grid for Years, Researchers Warn (Wired)


Maine withholds records for years while investigating backlog of police shootings (WGME)

Baltimore City Officials Announce New Data Portal To Trace Guns Being Used To Commit Crimes (CBS Baltimore)

Michigan ranks low in government transparency. Ballot drive would extend FOIA (Bridge Michigan)

Nebraska lawmakers hear bill that could make police bodycam footage more accessible (WOWT)


Whistleblowers: Software Bug Keeping Hundreds Of Inmates In Arizona Prisons Beyond Release Dates (KJZZ)


Gotta catch ’em all: Jacksonville couple busted in Pokemon card theft ring (WWAY3)

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