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Racial Justice in the U.S.: Police & Legal Reform



Washington Post graph on Police Shootings by Race

From Fatal Force, the Washington Post database of "every fatal shooting by an on-duty police officer in the United States" since Jan. 1, 2015.

Books & Reports

Via Executive Order 13684 (Dec. 18, 2014), President Barack Obama established the Task Force on 21st Century Policing in order to "to identify the best means to provide an effective partnership between law enforcement and local communities that reduces crime and increases trust." This lead to a final report, an implementation guide, and a one-year follow-up report, as well as assessments by other organizations.

Federal Actions

Iowa & Local Legislative Actions

Iowa Rules of Criminal Procedure

On April 3, 2018 the Iowa Supreme Court announced the establishment of an Iowa Rules of Criminal Procedure Review Task Force charged with comprehensively reviewing the rules and making recommendations for their revision.

On March 30, 2020, the Iowa Supreme Court invited public comment on the rules, with a deadline of June 30. On June 26, the public comment period was extended to July 14, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

International Actions

On June 17 and 18, 2020, the U.N. Human Rights held "an urgent debate on current racially inspired human rights violations, systemic racism, police brutality and violence against peaceful protests."

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