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Wednesday's Democratic presidential primary debate in Detroit was interrupted twice by protesters in the audience who were trying to draw attention to immigration and policing issues.

The first happened only minutes into the debate, which was broadcast live on CNN. During New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker's opening statement, a few audience members began yelling, "Fire Pantaleo."

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Columbus Police Interim Chief Tom Quinlan says he is considering changing a department policy that forbids officers from wearing headscarves.

Fifteen-year-old Ja'seon Tolliver says police officers stopped him and his friend while the police searched for a robber at a nearby store. Police asked if the two teenage boys were involved and they said no. Ja'seon says the boys cooperated with the officers' request for their information. The situation changed though, he says, when Ja'seon's friend jogged off to catch his basketball.

Tasers are carried by some 400,000 American patrol officers, according to Axon, the company with a monopoly on producing them in the U.S. Though the electrical weapons are widely used, police in major cities rate them as less effective, APM Reports found in its yearlong investigation. In more than 250 cases over three years, a Taser failed to subdue someone who was then shot and killed by police.

Here are five key takeaways:

The Supreme Court has ruled that police may, without a warrant, order blood drawn from an unconscious person suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol.

The Fourth Amendment generally requires police to obtain a warrant for a blood draw. But in a 5-4 vote on Thursday, the court upheld a Wisconsin law that says people driving on a public road have impliedly consented to having their blood drawn if police suspect them of driving under the influence. It also said that "exigent circumstances" permit police to obtain a blood sample without a warrant.

Community members gather at the Columbus Urban League on June 25, 2019, to discuss what they want from a new Columbus Police chief.
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The city of Columbus held a community forum Tuesday night to hear from residents about what they want in the next Columbus Police chief.

Suicide In Law Enforcement

Jun 25, 2019
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The estimated number of U.S. law enforcment officers who died by suicide outnumbered those who died in the line of duty for the third straight year in 2018.

It's a growing issue in police department across the  country, but a lack of data and relunctance to admit it exists have only exacerbated the issue.

Today on All Sides, suicide in law enforcement and how police officers are trained to manage the job.

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A former Franklin Township police office has been sentenced to a year in prison for excessive force, stemming from a 2018 incident in which he kicked a subdued suspect in the head.

Police And Technology

Jun 19, 2019

Columbus Police released body-camera footage after an officer punched a civilian in the throat, giving more context to a cell phone video that went viral on social media.

These cameras can both clear officers and expose behavior that they would like to keep hidden. 

Roughly half of the 18,000 law enforcement agencies in the U.S. now employ body-camera technology. Many of those programs are pilots, and the expense is a barrier for many others.

Today on All Sides, how technology is changing the job of policing.

Lawmakers want to require law enforcement to record interrogations with suspects accused of murder and sexual assault. Backers say this could help avoid wrongful convictions and add support for investigators. 

Humane Society rescue team members load dogs during a commercial breeder rescue on June 16, 2017 in Wolfeboro, N.C.
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Officials from the Columbus Division of Police and multiple county sheriff’s offices gathered in a makeshift classroom Thursday to learn about animal cruelty.

Criminal Justice And Mental Health

Jun 13, 2019
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A proposed House bill would bar the death penalty in cases where the convicted can prove he or she suffered from serious mental illness while committing the murder.

The proposal comes from a growing understanding about the role of mental illness in crime.

Today on All Sides, the intersection of mental health and criminal justice, and how some Ohioans are working to move people who are mentally ill from prison and into treatment.

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The state’s nearly 1,000 police and law enforcement agencies are required to have policies regarding police chases, but there’s nothing in state law that dictates what those look like.

An Ohio advocacy group began distributing placards to improve communication between law enforcement and deaf or hard-of-hearing drivers. 

A tribute to two Westerville Police officers killed in February 2018.
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Buildings and neighborhoods across the state will shine a blue light Wednesday evening as part of the Light Ohio Blue campaign. The effort coordinated with businesses, municipalities, and private citizens to change exterior lights to blue bulbs to show support for law enforcement.