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A demonstrator holds her hands up while she kneels in front of the Police at the Anaheim City Hall on June 1, 2020 in Anaheim, California. Reform pressures have many cops leaving the job. APU GOMES/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Critics say American officers should be trained in defensive tactics, especially empty-hand techniques, so that they depend less on tasers and guns. Images by Steve Skinner Photogra/Getty Images hide caption

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American Cops Are Under Pressure To Rely Less On Guns And Take More Personal Risk

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Oakland City Vice Mayor and Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan says sending police to mental health and behavioral calls they aren't trained for is a mistake cities keep repeating. Philip Pacheco/ AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Oakland Becomes Latest City Looking To Take Police Out Of Some Nonviolent 911 Calls

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This image from video shows Minneapolis police officers Thomas Lane, left, and J. Alexander Kueng, right, escorting George Floyd, center, to a police vehicle outside Cup Foods in Minneapolis, on May 25, 2020. The image was shown as prosecutor Steve Schleicher gave closing arguments in the trial of Derek Chauvin for the death of Floyd. AP hide caption

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How Using Videos At Chauvin Trial And Others Impacts Criminal Justice

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Police officer David Moore is pictured wearing a body camera in Ipswich, Mass., on Dec. 1, 2020. The city was among 25 statewide awarded grants to purchase body-worn cameras for videotaping interactions with the public. A new study says the benefits to society and police departments outweigh the costs of the cameras. Boston Globe/Boston Globe via Getty Images hide caption

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A sign points toward the women's section of the Huntington Beach jail. The National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls is appealing to President Biden to grant clemency to 100 women during his first 100 days in office. Jeff Gritchen/Orange County Register via Getty Images hide caption

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#FreeHer Campaign Wants Clemency For 100 Women In Biden's First 100 Days

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In April 2020, Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee did not list gun stores as essential businesses that could stay open during his Stay-at-Home order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. However, some retail gun shops followed orders by then-President Trump and state Republicans who advised that the firearms industry could remain open. There was an uptick in gun and ammo sales. Karen Ducey/Getty Images hide caption

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In early December last year, a video captured part of a shootout and attempted carjacking. A retired firefighter died. Chicago police say one of the four suspects was 15 years old. Chicago Police Department/screenshot by NPR hide caption

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Juveniles Part Of A Huge Increase In Carjackings Across The Country

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The IRS distributed the second round of stimulus money to eligible inmates using debit cards, which state prisons are unable to process. Correctional officials have communicated the problem to the federal agency, but it's unclear what steps the IRS will take to fix it. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

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In this Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021 file photo, Trump supporters try to break through a police barrier at the Capitol in Washington, D.C. Julio Cortez/AP hide caption

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After The Capitol Attack, Does Police MAGA Sentiment Cross The Line?

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Pro-Trump supporters breeched security and stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. Federal authorities as well as several local departments are looking into whether any off-duty officers were involved in the attack. Roberto Schmidt/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Lisa Montgomery was executed by lethal injection early Wednesday at the federal correctional complex in Terre Haute, Ind. Attorneys for Lisa Montgomery via AP hide caption

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U.S. Executes Lisa Montgomery, The Only Woman On Federal Death Row

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In New York City, homicides were up nearly 40% over the previous year by Dec. 20, 2020. Mayor Bill de Blasio said the numbers should worry New Yorkers. Bryan Thomas/Getty Images hide caption

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Massive 1-Year Rise In Homicide Rates Collided With The Pandemic In 2020

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A crowd gathers for a rally to demand justice in the death of Breonna Taylor on the steps of the the Kentucky State Capitol in June. Taylor was killed in her apartment while Louisville police served a warrant. Timothy D. Easley/AP hide caption

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Police line up in Philadelphia on Oct. 28 following two nights of protesting and unrest after the fatal shooting of Walter Wallace Jr. by police. Philadelphia was among the cities approving oversight measures. Gabriella Audi/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Demonstrators hold placards reading "BLACK LIVES MATTER," "Walter Wallace JR." and DEFUND PPD" as they gather in protest near the location where Wallace, a 27-year-old Black man, was killed by two police officers in Philadelphia. Police officers said he was armed with a knife. Mark Makela/Getty Images hide caption

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'I Just Start Cutting.' Self-Harm Incidents Surge In Arizona Prisons

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