PM Stories

Exhausted cities face another challenge: a surge in violence Tom Hays and Colleen Long, Washington Post

It’s Been ‘Such a Weird Year.’ That’s Also Reflected in Crime Statistics. Jeff Asher and Ben Horwitz, New York Times

‘It’s Got to Stop’: Atlanta’s Mayor Decries a Surge of Violence as a Girl Is Killed Rick Rojas, New York Times

64 Shot, 10 Dead: Spike in Gun Violence Alarms an On-Edge NYC Ashley Southall, New York Times

Is Gun Violence Spike Tied to Rise in Firearm Purchases During Pandemic? Andrea Cipriano, The Crime Report

How Virginia plans to let people ban themselves from buying guns Graham Moomaw, Virginia Mercury

San Quentin Prison’s COVID-19 Deaths Highlight Officials’ Inept Pandemic Response Scott Shackford, Reason

California’s Carelessness Spurred a New COVID Outbreak Mary Harris, Slate

San Quentin coronavirus outbreak underscores California’s cruel treatment of prisoners Otis R. Taylor Jr., San Francisco Chronicle

“It’s Like a Horror Movie”: Trapped Inside San Quentin During an Explosion of COVID-19 Madison Pauly, Mother Jones

“California Is Ripe for a Revolution” Meagan Day, Jacobin Magazine

Cities and states emptied jails to prevent infection. They should stay empty. Joe Nudell, Alex Chohlas-Wood, and Sharad Goel, Washington Post

LA County Looks for Ways to Close Downtown Men’s Central Jail in 12 Months Elizabeth Marcellino, City News Service

The ‘Surreal’ Moment After Release From Prison Jamie Meltzer and Chris Filippone, New York Times

Ottessa Moshfegh’s Riveting Meta-Mysteries Stephanie Hayes, The Atlantic

HBO’s ‘I May Destroy You’ Reconsiders Sexual Assault Sangeeta Singh-Kurtz, New York Magazine

AM Stories

Listen: Would Defunding the Police Make Us Safer? The Atlantic

Angela Davis: ‘We knew that the role of the police was to protect white supremacy’ Lanre Bakare, The Guardian

What the police really believe Zack Beauchamp, Vox

How I Became a Police Abolitionist Derecka Purnell, The Atlantic

Pulling Down ‘the Wall of No’ on Police Reform in Minneapolis Krithika Varagur, New York Review of Books

You Can Get Kicked Out of a Jury Pool For Supporting Black Lives Matter Abbie VanSickle, The Marshall Project

To Defund the Police, We Have to Dethrone the Law Enforcement Lobby Joshua Page, Heather Schoenfeld, and Michael Campbell, Jacobin Magazine

The duty and burden of the black police officer Dan Zak and Ellen McCarthy, Washington Post

Policing the Police (2016) Frontline PBS

Colorado’s 2015 law changing how officer-involved shootings are reviewed still lets police agencies investigate themselves Jesse Paul, Colorado Sun

Independent police oversight could be coming to Philly, but funding is still a question Laura McCrystal, Philadelphia Inquirer

Breonna Taylor warrant connected to Louisville gentrification plan, lawyers say Phillip M. Bailey and Tessa Duvall, Louisville Courier Journal

Sheriff Enlists Crime Victims in Budget Battle (California) City News Service

Venice tried to oust the LAPD 50 years ago. Today we’re talking about the same issues Jon Wiener, Los Angeles Times

The Los Angeles Paper That Documented Police Brutality in the 1960s and ‘70s Billy Anania, Hyperallergic

Amy Cooper Faces Charges After Calling Police on Black Bird Watcher Jan Ransom, New York Times

Amy Cooper Faces Charges For Her False Police Call. Abolitionists Argue This Is Not The Solution. Elly Belle, Refinery29