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“Coins, Cops, and Communities” Toolkit

American Friends Service Committee

This 2016 toolkit, developed by youth interns, contains activities and supplemental materials for exploring the costs of policing in Chicago and what community safety can look like beyond the police.

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Alternatives to Calling the Police: Anti-Racist Education for Asian Diaspora in Canada during COVID-19

Policing the Pandemic (Canada)

This document was first created in May 2020 and is an ongoing work in progress! We hope this can be a living and collaborative document. We recognize that there are many existing resources and google docs before this one on alternatives to calling the police. Our goal for this document was to compile some of these resources and place them in the context of anti-Asian racism, in Canada, during the COVID-19 pandemic—and what we hope can be a broader dialogue around interracial solidarity.

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COVID-19 Resources for Police and Communities

NYU School of Law Policing Project

Two sets of guidance addressing law enforcement’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These documents follow early reports from New York and other cities that raised concerns of uneven, sometimes discriminatory enforcement, and confusion about how to reach isolated and vulnerable groups. Vetted with community organizers, academic experts, and law enforcement officials, this COVID-19 guidance compiles best practices for state, municipal, and policing leaders as they navigate this ongoing public health emergency.

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Statement to Mayor De Blasio to Suspend Broken Windows Policing & Reduce NYPD Enforcement Actions as Coronavirus Spreads

Communities United for Police Reform

A joint letter to Mayor de Blasio from more than 50 advocacy organizations urging him to impose an immediate moratorium on police enforcement of low-level and quality of life offenses; unnecessary summonses and arrests, including fare evasion arrests and drug arrests for marijuana.

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Policing in a Time of Pandemic: Recommendations for Law Enforcement

Georgetown Law Innovative Policing Program

This white paper notes the novel law enforcement challenges created by COVID-19 and describes the different approach police must take. Traditional law enforcement practices such as stops, searches, and arrests currently create a substantial risk of infection for police, suspects and community members alike. This paper concludes that until stay-at-home and social distancing orders have been lifted, law enforcement agencies should suspend enforcement measures requiring close proximity or physical contact between law enforcement personnel and members of the public, except in cases where the failure to stop, search, or arrest a suspect creates an imminent danger of death or serious bodily injury to police officers or others.

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Police State & Culture of Resistance in time of COVID

Stop LAPD Spying Coalition

The coalition discusses the continuing fight to dismantle Data Driven Policing. This webinar includes the sharing of strategies and tactics to build community power that led to the shutting down of LAPD Predictive Policing programs – LASER and Predpol. Join in the grassroot knowledge exchange to continue building collective power in the journey toward the abolition of policing.

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Aligning Immigration and Criminal System Demands for COVID-19

Immigrant Defense Project

As we work toward dismantling unjust systems, there is opportunity to highlight the intersections of our efforts and identify shared goals. This resource includes a chart of related demands across criminal and immigration issues aimed at reducing the number of people that enter, and releasing as many people as possible from jails and prisons, and detention centers. This is not a complete list, but rather a starting point for us all to consider our demands more broadly.

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Public Safety During COVID-19 and Beyond: Recommendations for Protecting Public Health and Our Civil Rights

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

Noting an increase in discriminatory policing practices during COVID-19, The Leadership Conference Education Fund released principles that provide actionable recommendations for law enforcement agencies across the country to better protect the health and safety of communities and officers during the pandemic and beyond.

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Durham Beyond Policing Coalition Proposal for a Community-Led Safety and Wellness Task Force

Durham Beyond Policing Coalition

Durham Beyond Policing Coalition developed this proposal because the draft budget for the City of Durham for 2019-20 contained a request from the DPD for 72 additional full time (FTE) officers over three years, with the first year’s cost given as $1,729,573 for an initial 25 new officers. After considerable study, we have found the rationale for DPD’s budget request is incomplete and outdated, and we object to the premise that more officers will make the people of Durham safer. This proposal offers what we feel is a more holistic approach to some of the same issues and opportunities.

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