Item Details

The End of Policing

Alex S. Vitale
Format
Book
Published
London; Brooklyn, NH : Verso, 2017.
Language
English
ISBN
9781784782894, 1784782890
Summary
"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 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, social justice--even public safety. Drawing on first-hand research from across the globe, Alex Vitale shows how the implementation of alternatives to policing, like drug legalization, regulation, and harm reduction instead of the policing of drugs, has led to reductions in crime, spending, and injustice"--
Contents
  • The limits of police reform
  • The polic are not here to protect you
  • The school-to-prison pipeline
  • "We called for help, and they killed my son"
  • Criminalizing homelessness
  • The failures of policing sex work
  • The war on drugs
  • Gang suppression
  • Border poilcing
  • Political policing.
Description
266 pages ; 22 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Technical Details
  • Access in Virgo Classic

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