SpotCrime Weekly Reads: body cam transparency, police misconduct, crime rate

Complaints plummet after body cams,  police unions shift stance, broken windows policing, body cam transparency, police misconduct, gun violence, crime rate, anti-Asian hate crime legislation passed,  and more...


Complaints against police plummet after body cams (WJAR)

'This is a huge step for law enforcement.' Police unions shift stance on protecting bad officers (CNN)

The Clouded Legacy of ‘Broken Windows’ Policing (

The FBI is supposed to track how police use force – years later, it’s falling well short (The Guardian)

Arizona sheriff launching streaming company to give law enforcement a 'voice' (The Hill)

Former Colorado Officers Who Arrested A 73-Year-Old Woman With Dementia Face Charges (NPR) see also: His family says they were told he died in a car wreck. Video now shows Ronald Greene was kicked, dragged and tased by police (CNN)  and also: 'You shouldn't be able to breathe,' officer tells man before he dies (NewsChannel5)

Acting Mayor Kim Janey wants to fire suspended Boston Police Commissioner Dennis White, following report on domestic violence allegations during the 1990s ( see also: Maine police chief created a false report to get out of meeting, board finds (Bangor Daily News)


Biden signs anti-Asian hate crimes legislation (Politico)

Boston crime rate drops 23% as gun arrests climb (Boston Herald)

New Police Initiative #FortWorthSafe Sets Out To Fight Increase In Violent Crime (CBS DFW) see also: Crime isn’t just up in Atlanta — here’s what we found in the suburbs (WSBTV)

Gun violence on the rise in Austin; city to accelerate prevention, intervention programs (Austin American Statesman) see also: Chicago shootings: 48 shot, 5 fatally, in weekend violence across city (ABC7)


Amazon’s Ring is the largest civilian surveillance network the US has ever seen (The Guardian)

Hackers Threaten to Release Police Records, Knock 911 Offline (GovTech)

Baltimore’s SpotCrime just added a national missing persons database (


Bodycams haven't lived up to promises of exposing police misconduct. One reason: The police decide what to release. (USA Today) see also: Prosecutor: Body cam footage in fatal police shootings to be withheld for at least 30 days (Hawaii news now) and also: Can district attorneys show police body cam video under NC law? Maybe, attorneys say. (News Observer)

Two news outlets sue for access to Colorado police training database (


Effectiveness of Marion County Community Corrections’ electronic monitoring in question (Fox59)

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