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Police Use of Force: An Examination of Modern Policing Practices

June 5, 2020

In this report, the Commission investigated rates of police use of force; whether rates and instantiations of that use of force violate civil rights of persons of color, persons with disabilities, LGBT communities, and low-income persons; promising or proven policies and practices worth replicating to minimize unnecessary use of force; and the perception and reality of discrimination in police use of force. The Commission considered evidence from law enforcement and court officials, community leaders and police reform advocates, scholars, legal experts, as well as testimony taken in by the Commission’s State Advisory Committees in Minnesota, New York, Maine, and Delaware.

Report: Police Use of Force: An Examination of Modern Policing Practices (PDF)

Report Press Release (PDF)

April 20, 2015 Briefing:

Agenda (PDF)

Transcript (PDF)


Please note that the videos below use auto generated closed captioning technology.

Video of Panel One (YouTube)

Video of Panel Two (YouTube)

Video of Panel Three (YouTube)

Video of Panel Four (YouTube)

Video of Panel Five (YouTube)

Commission Advisory Committee Reports:

Delaware: Implicit Bias and Policing in Communities of Color in Delaware (2020) (PDF)

Maine: The Criminalization of People with Mental Illnesses in Maine (2019) (PDF)

Nevada: Mental Health Implications for Policing Practices and the Administration of Justice (2019) (PDF)

Minnesota: Civil Rights and Policing Practices in Minnesota (2018) (PDF)

New York: The Civil Rights Implications of “Broken Windows” Policing in NYC and General NYPD Accountability to the Public (2018) (PDF)

Missouri: The Impact of Community/Police Interactions on Individual Civil Rights in Missouri (2016) (PDF)

   Updated: June 04, 2020