SpotCrime Weekly Reads: Body cam, AI, gun violence

Access to body cam footage, public safety demands better funding, illegal guns trafficked used in hundreds of shootings, Operation Ceasefire, violent crime rates, sexual assaults on cruise ships rise, AI in policing, generative AI, AI risks creating black box at heart of US legal system, police transparency committees, deaths after leaving prison, and more...


Public Safety Demands Better Funding (DC Journal) see also: Delray Beach PD receives nearly $1 million to curb crime (CBS12)

Knox County Sheriff's Office told the D.A. that video of a raid didn't exist. But it did. (Knox News)

Town of Elizabeth intended to fire its police chief, sued 9NEWS trying to keep that secret (9News)


As NYC grapples with crime concerns, police commissioner says safety is 'perception versus reality' (NBC News)

68,000 guns illegally trafficked by U.S. dealers over 5 years were used in hundreds of shootings, ATF says (CBS News) see also: Gun cases in Chicago turned down by feds at higher rate than in most cities (Chicago Sun Times)

Violent crime is plummeting in New Orleans so far in 2024. Here's why. (

Once again, few attend Operation Ceasefire peace march in Paterson (

Sexual assault survivor demands change as federal data shows rise in cases aboard cruise ships (News4Jax)

No, migrants are not driving a surge in violent crime as Trump claims (ABC News)


Taking a Principled Approach to AI in Policing (Police Chief Magazine) see also: A Model Policy for Policing’s use of Generative AI (Future Policing Institute) and also: How AI risks creating a ‘black box’ at the heart of US legal system (The Hill)

What Does Law Enforcement Really Think About Digital IDs? (GovTech)

State of Digital Privacy in the U.S. [Facts & Figures] (USNews)

Some Data Lost in East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Cyber Attack (GovTech) see also: Jackson County, Mo., Struck by Ransomware Attack (GovTech)


Bill to restrict sharing of police body cam footage sparks transparency concerns (New Jersey Monitor)

Coastal Delaware Towns Embrace Police Transparency with New Committee (WBOC)

'Families want and deserve transparency:' DOJ to help JPD, coroner with death notifications (WAPT)

Should MSU expand its emergency alert system? Students weigh in on transparency, safety concerns (The State News)

Over and out? Bronx assembly member sponsors police radio encryption bill to ensure press and public access (

Louisiana lawmakers advance bill to let local gov’ts hide records from public (Louisiana Illuminator)


Too Many People Die After Leaving Prison. The high rate of death soon after release from jail is tragic, but also avoidable. This urgently needs a coordinated, whole-of-government response (University of Melbourne)

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