Articles in race tagged with power-over-policing

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Scott Casleton Alex Vitale

Sociologist Alex Vitale explains how the U.S. policing crisis begins with politics—the decision to embrace neoliberal austerity and to turn the social problems it creates over to police.

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Lisa Cacho Jodi Melamed

We must reject the current legal regime under which resisting arrest is so widely accepted as a justification for police brutality and officer shootings.

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Atiya Husain

At a moment when the call to abolish police and prisons is louder than ever, we should also demand an end to counterterrorism, which functions largely to ensnare people of color.

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Dan Berger

Jalil Muntaqim, a Black Panther imprisoned since 1971, is one of thousands of elderly prisoners the United States has refused to free during the pandemic.

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Gili Kliger

Police brutality is not isolated and exceptional. As Chicago’s decades-long history of police torture illustrates, it is built into the systemic nature of racial violence.

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Garrett Felber

Prison and police abolition were key to the thinking of many midcentury civil rights activists. Understanding why can help us ask for change in our own time.

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Scholars for Social Justice

These protests are too widespread to go away. There will be no peace without justice on multiple fronts.

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Daniel Geary

Bad police were not simply a symptom of racism. They were often its agents.