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To support and help strengthen the work of advocates and organizers, the Hub is committed to providing and uplifting up-to-date research, reports, data, model policies, toolkits and other resources. We do this by searching for, categorizing, and making available existing resources from partner organizations and others working on issues related to policing. When needed, the Hub also produces its own research in collaboration with partners. This resource database is categorized, easy to search, and regularly updated by our research team.

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Police Unions and the Obstacles They Pose

Community Resource Hub for Safety & Accountability

This memo provides brief background information on the history of police unions in the United States and their role in relation to the policing profession. The memo also highlights the obstacles that police unions and their contracts create for accountability, reform efforts, and campaigns that challenge police union power in order to overcome those obstacles. Finally, this memo provides specific recommendations for research, organizing, and policy developments when challenging police union power.

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#SayHerName Chime Special

Chime for Change

Historically, Black women, girls, and femmes have not fit the most accessible frames of anti-Black police violence. Consequently, it is difficult to tell stories about their lost lives that people recognize and remember. Their precarity is buried beneath myths, stereotypes, and denial. But the heartbreaking truth is that Black girls as young as 7 and women as old as 93 have been killed by the police. Explore a special zine issue highlighting the victims of police violence and an interactive webpage to learn more about the women that #SayHerName represents.

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Tell Governors and Mayors to Invest in Student Supports –NOT Police in Schools

Moms Rising

National and local research consistently demonstrates that the presence of police in schools serves as an entry point to the school-to-prison pipeline and disproportionately harms Black, Indigenous and LatinX students; students with disabilities; and students in need who are furthest from opportunity. We can take an important step to dismantling the school to prison pipeline by investing in a students’ success and in student support instead of a culture of criminalization in our schools.

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Alternatives to Policing Based in Disability Justice

The Abolition and Disability Justice Coalition

The call “we keep us safe” reminds us that solutions should empower all people, including Disabled and Neurodivergent people, to exercise our self-determination with care and understanding. We all deserve the resources, support, training and education we need to love and protect ourselves and one another. This resource divides into three sections: Cripping Abolition, Guiding Principles Based on Disability Justice, and Reforms to Oppose.

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Don’t Call the Police: Community-Based Alternatives to Police in Your City

Don’t Call the Police

Founded in June 2020, dontcallthepolice.com is an online directory of local resources available as alternatives to calling the police or 911, to provide easy access to alternatives to calling the police when faced with a situation that requires de-escalation and/or intervention, not violence.

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How To Take Back the Budget: A Guide To Reviewing and Changing the Police Budget In Your Community

Community Resource Hub for Safety & Accountability + Jared Knowles (Civilytics)

This comprehensive guide to reviewing your city or county budget will explain how to argue for changes in police staffing and funding to your local policymakers. Whether you are in a major city, a smaller town, or a rural county – this guide was written to help you take action over how public funds are raised and spent in your community. The advice in this guide is based on Jared Knowles’ experience doing in-depth budget reviews of police departments in cities and counties across the country as well as working as a budget analyst in state government.

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How Governments Pay: Lawsuits, Budgets, and Police Reform

Joanna C. Schwartz – UCLA School of Law

A report that looks into who foots the bill for law enforcement settlements and judgments in locations around the US. Findings should expand courts’ and scholars’ understandings of the impact of lawsuits on police reform efforts, inspire experimentation with budgeting arrangements that encourage more caretaking and accountability by law enforcement, and draw attention to the positive role government insurers can and do play in efforts to promote risk management and accountability in policing.

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The Other Epidemic: Fatal Police Shootings in the Time of COVID-19

ACLU

This ACLU research report examines whether circumstances surrounding the public health crisis — unprecedented societal isolation combined with relaxed police department routine enforcement — has led to a change in the frequency with which the police fatally shoot people in the U.S. Analysis reveals that the police have continued to fatally shoot people at the same rate during the first six months of 2020 as they did over the same period from 2015 to 2019. The report also demonstrates that Black, Native American/Indigenous, and Latinx people are still more likely than white people to be shot and killed by police. The report puts forth a set of recommendations designed to reduce police departments’ role, presence, responsibilities, and funding, including dramatically transforming use-of-force laws, and instead reinvest into community-based services that are better suited to respond to actual community needs.

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Not Just “A Few Bad Apples”: US Police Kill Civilians at Much Higher Rates Than Other Countries

Prison Policy Initiative

There is no question that the number of police killings of civilians in the U.S. – who are disproportionately Black and other people of color – are the result of policies and practices that enable and even encourage police violence. Compared to police in other wealthy democracies, American police kill civilians at incredibly high rates.

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