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Shrink the Reliance and Power of the Police

Diminishing the power of police requires a targeted and multi-faceted approach. This involves reducing when law enforcement can be deployed, what actions they can take when interacting with individuals, and defining when and how they are permitted to take those actions.

Diminishing the power of police requires a targeted and multi-faceted approach. This involves reducing when law enforcement can be deployed, what actions they can take when interacting with individuals, and defining when and how they are permitted to take those actions. We aim to get to a place where the police are not the response to conflict in communities at all. We also acknowledge that until that day, we want the police that do exist to do as little harm as possible.

Cancel ShotSpotter

Research shows that ShotSpotter does not prevent gunfire, makes police less effective, costs cities millions of dollars, and leads to tens of thousands of high-intensity interactions between police and civilians.

RESEARCH: Exploratory Analysis of Nix The 6 CBAs
RESEARCH: The Stanford Open Policing Project
RESEARCH: A program to remove police from some 911 calls in Denver helped reduce crime, study finds
RESEARCH: Systemic Racism in Police Killings
RESEARCH: ShotSpotter rarely leads CPD officers to evidence of a gun crime or to the recovery of a firearm
RESEARCH: Impact of the Law Enforcement Officers’ Bill of Rights on Police Transparency & Accountability
RESEARCH: ShotSpotter has no significant impact on reduce crime
RESEARCH: How Do the Police Actually Spend Their Time?
RESEARCH: A Tale of Force: Examining Policy Proposals to Address the Issue of Police Violence
RESEARCH: Race and Reasonableness in Police Killings
RESEARCH: The criminogenic and psychological effects of police stops on adolescent black and Latino boys
RESEARCH: Bad Chicago Cops Spread Their Misconduct Like a Disease
RESEARCH: Evidence suggests the militarization of police forces leads to more civilian deaths
RESEARCH: Following law reducing felony theft, property crimes continued to trend downward while the state prison population also decreased
RESEARCH: A Hidden Factor in Police Shootings of Black Americans: Decades of Housing Segregation
RESEARCH: Law Enforcement use of No Knocks have been rising since the 1980s
RESEARCH: Lexipol: The Privatization of Police Policymaking
RESEARCH: Shot by Cops and Forgotten
RESEARCH: Trump Wants to Re-Militarize the Police. Montana Is Having None of It
RESEARCH: Reuters finds 1,005 deaths in U.S. involving Tasers, largest accounting to date
RESEARCH: Militarization and police violence: The case of the 1033 program
RESEARCH: Will More Black Cops Matter? Officer Race and Police-Involved Homicides of Black Citizens
RESEARCH: Use of force policies associated with less police violence
RESEARCH: Fatal Shootings By US Police Officers in 2015: A Bird’s Eye View: Further evidence of implicit bias
RESEARCH: Black people are three times likelier to be killed in police chases
RESEARCH: These states let police take and keep your stuff even if you haven't committed a crime
RESEARCH: Model Use of Force Policy
RESEARCH: Calls to 911 From Black Neighborhoods Fell After a Case of Police Violence
RESEARCH: Eric Garner and Tamir Rice among those missing from FBI record of police killings
RESEARCH: Is Police Misconduct a Secret in Your State?
RESEARCH: The Counted: Moving Targets
RESEARCH: Police Training Is Seriously Lacking in Actual Science
RESEARCH: Data on Use of Force by Police Across U.S. Proves Almost Useless
RESEARCH: How Governments Pay: Lawsuits, Budgets, and Police Reform
RESEARCH: Cost of Police-Misconduct Cases Soars in Big U.S. Cities
RESEARCH: Tanks for Nothing: Why Obama's Plan to End Police Militarization May Be Dead in the Water
RESEARCH: Police Rethink Shooting at Suspects in Moving Cars
RESEARCH: Lessons For Ferguson In Creating A Diverse Police Department
RESEARCH: Mapping Police Violence
RESEARCH: Loose Cigarettes Today, Civil Unrest Tomorrow
RESEARCH: The Pentagon Finally Details its Weapons-for-Cops Giveaway
RESEARCH: Broken Windows Policing Doesn’t Work
RESEARCH: Reexamining Residency Requirements For Police Officers
RESEARCH: ‘Stop-and-Frisk’ Is All but Gone From New York
RESEARCH: Stop and seize
RESEARCH: Nobody Knows How Many Americans The Police Kill Each Year
RESEARCH: War Comes Home: The Excessive Militarization of American Policing
RESEARCH: Interrogating Racial Violence
RESEARCH: Rise of the Warrior Cop
RESEARCH: The War on Marijuana in Black and White
RESEARCH: Protecting Equity: The Consortium for Police Leadership in Equity Report on the San Jose Police Department
RESEARCH: Early Warning Systems: Responding to the Problem Police Officer
RESEARCH: Limiting deadly force and police shootings
RESEARCH: Shielded from Justice: Police Brutality and Accountability in the United States
RESEARCH: The Influence of the Garner Decision on Police Use of Deadly Force