The End of Policing

Hardback, 266 pages

English language

Published July 12, 2017 by Verso.

ISBN:
9781784782894
OCLC Number:
993134288

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4 stars (16 reviews)

"How the police endanger us and why we need to find an alternative. Recent years have seen an explosion of protest and concern about police brutality and repression--especially after long-held grievances in Ferguson, Missouri, erupted in months of violent protest following the police killing of Michael Brown. Much of the conversation has focused on calls for enhancing police accountability, increasing police diversity, improving police training, and emphasizing community policing. Unfortunately, none of these is likely to produce results, because they fail to get at the core of the problem. The problem is policing itself--the dramatic expansion of the police role over the last forty years. This book attempts to jog public discussion of policing by revealing the tainted origins of modern policing as a tool of social control and demonstrating how the expanded role of the police is inconsistent with community empowerment and social justice--even public safety. Drawing on first-hand …

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The ebook version of this is free on the Verso (the publisher) website. Go grab it! It's real good. Clear, concise, engaging and really well structured, it lays out with great care how at it's core (and on the surface too, really) policing isn't that different from it's original form as a racist, classist organization at the service of the privileged whose operations, far from reducing crime, mostly help to exacerbate and validate injustices and mishandle society's needs, a nature it's structurally/fundamentally unable to escape from. Dismantle it entirely.

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Subjects

  • Police
  • Police misconduct

Places

  • United States

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