Police forces, police powers and policing

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The US state of Maryland made history when it legalised cannabis in a constitutional referendum on July 1, last year. The state took a further step on June 17, pardoning 175,000 cannabis convictions, reports Malik Miah.

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In the March 5 primary elections in San Francisco, a city long hated by conservatives for its liberal and progressive image, voters adopted two propositions (E and F) to increase police powers. Both passed by large margins, reports Malik Miah.

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The notorious Community-Industry Response Group (C-IRG), a secretive tactical arm of the British Columbia (BC) Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), has been "rebranded" and deployed against the Palestine solidarity movement, reports Jeff Shantz.

Women’s rights organisations have voiced their concern with Labor and the NSW Police's law-and-order approach. Josh Adams reports.

More than half of all deaths, or serious injuries, in NSW Police operations between 2017-2022 have been linked to mental health crises. Caitlin O’Keeffe-White reports.

The family of a man shot in the back by NSW Police, while he was suffering a severe severe psychotic episode, say there must be justice and reforms so that this deos not happen again. Kerry Smith reports.

Vigils and protests for Aubrey Donahue are being held in Western Australia and Queensland following the police killing of the 27-year-old man from Mareeba, east of Cairns. Kerry Smith reports.

Stephen Langford recounts the brutality and isolation of Goulburn Street lock-up after being recently arrested for breaching impossible bail conditions.

NSW Police arrested a housing activist at midnight on February 18 after a housing protest the day before. Kerry Smith reports.

Black Lives Matter

It took a mass civil rights movement to end legal racial segregation in the United States, writes Malik Miah. The same must happen to abolish policing and the corrupt criminal “justice” system.

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Firearms Prohibition Orders are supposed to target organised crime. But are they just another way for police to search and detain without cause and accountability, asks Suzanne James?

Pressure is growing on the NSW government not to allow police to conduct an internal investigation over their alleged assault of Sydney identity Danny Lim. Sonia Hickey reports.