I had the great opportunity to partner with Dr. Nick Crofts of the Centre for Law Enforcement and Public Health (Australia) to serve as the Guest Editor for a special issue of the Journal of Community Safety and Well-Being. The special issue, Envisaging Healthy and Safe Communities, shares lessons from a project we led that sought to document and highlight initiatives across the globe that are taking alternative approaches to promote health and safety.
“Looting as Pathology of Order.” The ways in which looting is invoked to recreate oppressive and racialized forms of social control & order.
In 2011 my graduate thesis was approved & published. It focused on an analysis of looting as an analytical lens to understand how social order is constructed & enforced through anti-Black racial ideologies and discourses, private property norms, and use of exceptional force by the state.
Book Launch—City of Omens: A Search for the Missing Women of the Borderlands – July 11 NYC
I am very happy to host this book launch and moderate the subsequent discussion with Dan Werb, Maia Szalavitz, and Dr. Patty Gonzalez-Zuñiga, and featuring Dan's new book City of Omens: A Search for the Missing Women of the Borderlands. Having visited and supported harm reduction and community safety work in Tijuana for the past several …
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Portuguese & Russian language versions of “Police & Harm Reduction” now available
A quick post to share that my guidance document for law enforcement - "Police and Harm Reduction" - is now available for free download in both Russian and Portuguese in addition to English. A Spanish language version is coming soon. As a reminder as to what this guidance document is about: "In many cities around the …
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Q&A: Looking for Answers on Law Enforcement Killings
A new study finds official public health data on law enforcement-related deaths in the US fails to accurately record and report deaths. I spoke with Justin Feldman, the study’s lead researcher, about the implications of these findings.
US declaring “war” on Mexican cartels will increase violence & harm on both sides
U.S. Congress declaring war on Mexican drug cartels will only increase violence & harm to Mexican civilians & will not reduce overdoses in the U.S. Real, evidence-based solutions exist, this is not it.
A response to Matt Mayer's dangerous proposal.
#JusticeforRamarley demonstrations in NYC [Photos]
Ramarley Graham was shot & killed on February 2, 2012 in the Bronx by NYPD officer Richard Haste. Ramarely was unarmed & was not committing a crime at the time of his death. He was shot and killed in front of his grandmother in the bathroom of his home after Officer Haste chased him into …
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It’s time to kick our addiction to the war on drugs
As New Jersey Governor Chris Christie takes the lead in crafting the Trump administration’s response to the opioid crisis, he and his colleagues need to understand that we can’t fix the problem until we kick our long-term addiction to the war on drugs and accept overdoses for what they are: a health issue.
What the Trump Administration Needs to Know about Law Enforcement
Here are four key problems with the Trump administration’s approach to law enforcement that were announced immediately after his inauguration.