SpotCrime Weekly Reads: mental health, gun violence, access to body cam footage

Louisiana law department that polices itself, medical workers for mental health, police officer identification stickers for special needs residents, stopping retail mob thefts, Indianapolis campus safety, gun violence, transparency and trust in law enforcement, public access to body cam footage, Tallahassee backtracks on new crime alert policy, second chances in Pennsylvania's sentencing system, and more...


Former Clay County sheriff's criminal trial could be delayed (First Coast News)

UNWATCHED: A Louisiana Law Department That Polices Itself (ProPublica)

Florida massacre families to get millions for FBI’s inaction (AP)

As O.C. police face scrutiny for shootings, Irvine starts using medical workers for mental health calls (LATimes)

Police offering stickers for special needs residents (The Downey Patriot)

Billionaire Ross Perot, Jr. donates new helicopter to Dallas Police Department (WFAA)

Biden signs three bills benefitting police, first responders: 'In valor, there is hope' (NY1)


Federal Way mayor asks fellow mayors in south King County to collectively address violent crime (KING5)

Underage Access to Alcohol and Its Impact on Teenage Drinking and Crime (Science Direct)

How law enforcement is trying to stop mob retail thefts (CNN) see also: Why some US cities are facing a spree of 'smash-and-grab' crimes (CNN)

54 slayings, more than 80 charged: As Chicago’s gangs have changed, so have federal RICO prosecutions (Chicago Tribune)

UIndy looks to former IMPD Chief and Indianapolis Public Safety Officer Troy Riggs to increase campus safety amid spike in crime (The Reflector)

Over $4 Million to Be Invested in Reducing Crime in Billings (USNews)

Shots fired behind the scenes: Why we did the series on Toledo gun violence (WTOL) see also: Portland's gun violence: Where are the guns coming from? (KGW8)


ISP launches new dashboard to view Idaho crime data (


Tallahassee Police Department pauses new crime alert policy after backlash (

Worcester County State's Attorney foresees body-cam overload (Ocean City Today)

Law Enforcement Agencies Benefit from Transparent Crime Data Data portals can help police and sheriff’s departments comply with state laws and increase trust in the communities they serve. (State Tech Magazine) see also: Transparency, trust, and law enforcement (

Spotty data and media bias delay justice for missing and murdered Indigenous people (Lake County News)

‘It’s None of Your Business’: Fighting for Body-Cam Footage Kim Barker, an investigative reporter for The Times, discusses the challenge of getting officials in Alabama to release video of a police stop that ended in violence. (NYTimes) see also: WCNC petitions for body cam video in arrest of Gastonia homeless veteran (WCNC)


Time for Justice: The urgent need for second chances in Pennsylvania's sentencing system (Families for Justice Reform)

This Dallas program is helping moms who’ve been to prison launch tech careers (KERA News)

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