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In the spring of 2020, Rochester, New York, was poised for genuine police reform. Then came a 911 call for a Black man in crisis.
Shootings at gas stations are rising across the city. As police search for answers, the families of victims are grieving — and filing lawsuits.
Few police are ever prosecuted for on-duty killings. In Philly, Krasner charged three officers; one has been convicted of voluntary manslaughter.
As city leaders double down on policing amid a spike in shootings, a new idea is gaining hold among experts: could less policing actually reduce gun violence?
Civil liberties advocates worry the NYPD is repeating the mistakes it made with its gangs list — and that innocent people are being tracked without even knowing it.
Artist and activist Tracy Brown is pressuring the feds to terminate the "Rubber Dummie" contract.
Ask The Trace
A reader asks about a provision in the new Violence Against Women Act that requires the federal government to notify local officials when someone fails a background check.
How We Fix This
The city hopes that providing officers and residents the space and tools to listen to each other can remedy distrust and prevent further violence.
The development comes after an investigation by The Trace and NBC Bay Area found police are violating state law by not logging guns into the database so they can be traced.
An internal report urged the ATF to open up its exclusive contract. Instead the contract was renewed, and several ATF officials went to work for the contractor.
For more than a decade, agencies have flouted a state law requiring them to use a tool that policing experts say can help reduce gun violence.
At least 245 people have been fatally shot by authorities while in possession of replica firearms in the last six years, according to a Washington Post database.
The modern defund movement has roots in Baltimore activism. A new focus on bringing residents into city budgeting could inform the national movement.
City officials have repeatedly blamed gangs for driving up shootings. But analysis shows that the Chicago Police Department’s own data doesn’t back up its leaders' claims.
The city quietly renewed its multi-million dollar contract with ShotSpotter. But a growing body of evidence suggests the technology is ineffective and activists say it leads to deadly over-policing.