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Lifting the stigma

Police reform law aimed at providing mental health care to officers
By Joseph Darius Jaafari

New police reform law exempts officer disciplinary records database from public disclosure

Second measure signed by Gov. Wolf is aimed at ensuring mental health checks for officers
By Ed Mahon

Police use of force and the public’s right to know

Too many Pa. police depts. won't publish use-of-force policies
By Joseph Darius Jaafari

Some police departments say publicizing use-of-force policies builds trust. Others say the public can’t be trusted

Killing of George Floyd on Memorial Day heightens calls for transparency in how police in Pennsylvania are trained
By Joseph Darius Jaafari and Ed Mahon

What the ‘defund the police’ movement overlooks

It's not a simple calculation, esp. in Pa.'s smaller communities
By Joseph Darius Jaafari

Effort to track police use of force in Pa. would lack racial data, public transparency

The Senate on Wednesday approved a bill to require use-of-force tracking and reporting, but critics contend it falls short of broader efforts elsewhere.
By Cynthia Fernandez/Spotlight PA

Bills to end choke holds, require use-of-force policies could get Pa. Senate vote this week

Both House and Senate committees have advanced police reform legislation since nationwide protests began
By Benjamin Pontz

What does Pride month have to do with police reform?

From Stonewall to 'defund the police'
By Joseph Darius Jaafari

Three-day suspension for Erie officer who kicked protester

"In my view, it can’t be minimized and it can’t be justified. ...I think that he’s just going too far to protect one of his men.”
By Ed Mahon