SpotCrime Weekly Reads: Police shootings, police surveillance, bodycam transparency

Fatal police shootings, addressing retail theft, cyber crimes, Chicago students walk out over gun violence, face recognition in US criminal investigations, "Find My" app wrongly targets a grandmother, gunshot detection in Portland, license plate readers, bodycam transparency, backlog of court cases, prison oversight, and more...


As fatal police shootings increase, more go unreported (The Washington Post)

Iowa police chief charged with lying to ATF to obtain machine guns for resale (Des Moines Register)

Portland Cops Will Use Overtime to Address Rising Retail Theft (Willamette Week)


The School That Calls the Police on Students Every Other Day (ProPublica)

Chicago high school students walk out of class over gun violence (ABC News)

The FBI is worried about a wave of cyber crime against America’s small businesses (CNBC)

What a far-right plot to take over Germany can tell us about QAnon, extremism in the US (USA Today)

The FBI’s Warning About ‘Sextortion’ and Kids: What Schools Can Do (EducationWeek)


A Forensic Without the Science: Face Recognition in U.S. Criminal Investigations (Georgetown Law)

Grandmother sues cop who wrongly targeted her home using “Find My” app (ArsTechnia)

State awards $50M to improve Philly’s forensic crime lab and police surveillance systems (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

Portland city officials avoid competitive process for gunshot detection pilot (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

South Bend Police: New technology to streamline crime data (WSBT)

Providence police to activate 60 more license plate cameras (WJAR)


Sheriff Waters implements transparency general order at JSO; 2 bodycam videos released (News4Jax)


Growing backlog of court cases delays justice for crime victims and the accused (CBS Los Angeles)

Love Beyond Bars. Children of Incarcerated Parents Need More Support (

Lawmakers discuss new oversight for New Mexico prisons (Albuquerque Journal)

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