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Have three minutes? Take action on policing accountability

Have three minutes? Take action on policing accountability

In just a few clicks of your keyboard, you can be on your way to knowing more about how your police department uses, abuses, and wastes taxpayer funding and trust.

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Over a hundred people have requested their police use-of-force policies — join them!

Over a hundred people have requested their police use-of-force policies — join them!

On June 5, MuckRock began an Assignment to help begin to better understand how use of force policies and data are being tracked by local law enforcement agencies. We’ve had nearly 100 submissions from all over the country, but you can still add yours.

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Federal policing legislation could require more oversight for DHS agents, too

Federal policing legislation could require more oversight for DHS agents, too

The Justice in Policing Act, meant to help address oversight issues in local policing nationwide, could also help provide some needed accountability for federal law enforcement in situations like those currently in Portland and Chicago.

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FOIA Roundup: Federal overreach, personal emails and your easy options for police accountability

FOIA Roundup: Federal overreach, personal emails and your easy options for police accountability

As the national COVID-19 death toll passes the official 150,000 mark, the country is staring down the possibility of a second round of shutdowns. Major U.S. cities, however, have another challenger they’re preparing to confront: federal agents sent to subdue the residents in the streets challenging racism and police brutality. FOIA can help better understand the government’s crackdown.

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Release Notes: A new DocumentCloud viewer

Release Notes: A new DocumentCloud viewer

The DocumentCloud Beta has a new document viewer. Internally nicknamed “scrolly zoomy,” this new viewer mimics modern PDF viewers: With a simple pinch on laptop trackpads and mobile devices, a document can now be zoomed smoothly. Plus, the triumphant return of page notes.

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