Los Angeles voters approve plan to boost social service funding

Nov 6, 2020
Measure J requires the county to spend at least 10% of its unrestricted general fund on things like job training and mental health treatment.
A man jogs past a row of telephone booths in front of the LA County Men's Central Jail on May 11, 2020, in Los Angeles, California.
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Police brutality protests intensify across Nigeria as curfews further threaten economy

Oct 21, 2020
The protests began as a call to disband an anti-robbery unit of the Nigerian police but have expanded to take on governance and economic issues.
Youths of ENDSARS protesters display the Nigerian flag and a placard in a crowd in support of the ongoing protest against brutality of the Nigerian police force unit called Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
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Athletes protest police shooting of Jacob Blake by refusing to play

Kenneth Shropshire called Wednesday a "universally unique day in history and in sport."
The Milwaukee Bucks, scheduled to play against the Orlando Magic in the NBA playoffs Wednesday, decided not to play to take a stand against the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin.
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Will TV cop dramas adapt amid calls to defund police?

Jun 23, 2020
Some critics say the entire genre needs a serious overhaul because of the way it glosses over police brutality.
Snoop Dogg and Mariska Hargitay in a 2019 episode of "Law & Order: SVU."
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Is this the end of police reality shows?

Jun 11, 2020
Activists are calling for the end of police dramas and reality shows in the wake of nationwide protests against police brutality.
A police line tape at a crime scene. The reality shows "Cops" and "Live PD" have been canceled, and activists are criticizing the genre.
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Implicit bias training for police officers is big business

Jun 2, 2020
But does the training change behaviors? Some researchers say it's hard to measure effectiveness.
While research has shown improvements with some techniques, there aren’t really any standards for bias training.
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Understanding "the hidden costs of police misconduct" for cities nationwide

"You have cities out there borrowing money to pay off judgments because of brutal and corrupt police officers," said Marc Morial of the National Urban League.
Marc Morial with the National Urban League says police reform "also means how you deploy your resources, where you put your focus."
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Can television shift consciousness? A look inside the HBO show that's working on it

Nov 5, 2018
"Random Acts of Flyness," created by Terence Nance, wants to change the way viewers think.
A new show from artist Terence Nance and HBO, "Random Acts of Flyness," dives into a lot of issues you don't often see discussed with such creativity on television, including police brutality and queer relationships.
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Nike just did it and made Colin Kaepernick the new face of its iconic ad campaign

Sep 4, 2018
What motivated the athletic-wear maker? It was a business decision, experts say.
Colin Kaepernick receives the SI Muhammad Ali Legacy Award during Sports Illustrated 2017 Sportsperson of the Year Show  at Barclays Center in New York City.
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