The New York Police Department has announced it is dismantling its plainclothes anti-crime unit. The 600 officers in the unit will be reassigned. In 2018, The Intercept reported plainclothes anti-crime officers had been involved in 31% of fatal police shootings in New York since 2000. Meanwhile, Albuquerque, New Mexico, has announced plans to create a new civilian department made up of social workers and others to respond to non-emergency 911 calls. The Seattle City Council on Monday voted unanimously to ban police use of tear gas and chokeholds. In Georgia, the state Legislature reopened Monday after being shut down since March due to the pandemic, with a bipartisan call to pass a hate crimes bill. Georgia is one of four states with no hate crime laws.
In other policing news, the Supreme Court has declined to hear cases involving the legal doctrine known as qualified immunity. Critics of the doctrine said it has shielded many police officers and departments from being sued.