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The End of Policing de Alex S. Vitale
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The End of Policing (edició 2018)

de Alex S. Vitale (Autor)

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How the police endanger us and why we need to find an alternative Recent years have seen an explosion of protest against police brutality and repression--most dramatically in Ferguson, Missouri, where longheld grievances erupted in violent demonstrations following the police killing of Michael Brown. Among activists, journalists, and politicians, the conversation about how to respond and improve policing has focused on accountability, diversity, training, and community relations. Unfortunately, these reforms will not produce results, either alone or in combination. The core of the problem must be addressed: the nature of modern policing itself. "Broken windows" practices, the militarization of law enforcement, and the dramatic expansion of the police's role over the last forty years have created a mandate for officers that must be rolled back. This book attempts to spark public discussion by revealing the tainted origins of modern policing as a tool of social control. It shows how the expansion of police authority is inconsistent with community empowerment, social justice--even public safety. Drawing on groundbreaking research from across the world, and covering virtually every area in the increasingly broad range of police work, Alex Vitale demonstrates how law enforcement has come to exacerbate the very problems it is supposed to solve. In contrast, there are places where the robust implementation of policing alternatives--such as legalization, restorative justice, and harm reduction--has led to reductions in crime, spending, and injustice. The best solution to bad policing may be an end to policing.… (més)
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Títol:The End of Policing
Autors:Alex S. Vitale (Autor)
Informació:Verso (2018), Edition: Reprint, 272 pages
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Whereas this book does a fantastic job in showing where the police are utterly ineffective at solving the problems they purport to solve, there is a fundamental flaw. Coming from the perspective of a social democrat, the author does not challenge the command and control mentality of the police, but the police within a context of neoliberal capitalism and the dismantling of the welfare state. Political repression could be better performed by other means, he reports in a later chapter.

Vitale provides an invaluable resource in his debunking of police's strengths, but ultimately it appears his mission is to strengthen the state rather than build popular power outside of the state. I would much rather live in a world that he describes than our current neoliberal hellhole, but the rationalization of the drug war or the war on sex trafficking or the political repression of violent activists is not my project. Abolition of the police is. ( )
1 vota magonistarevolt | Aug 14, 2021 |
It is important to point out that Vitale does not argue for an overall abolition of law enforcement, but rather a reduction in their duties. The End of Policing certainly serves as a wonderful roadmap to the current movement to Defund the Police. Vitale gives many examples of how funds and resources could be reallocated to focus on prevention to make our communities safer and stronger. It demonstrates how police are unqualified to provide many of the services we have thrust upon them, and how that lack of preparedness is dangerous for law enforcement and the general public alike. ( )
1 vota Chinesa72 | Jul 28, 2021 |
This was a good and useful book, but a bit frustrating. The basic thesis is solid and I agree: the police are doing tasks they are not suited to do and that would be better done by others. There's a series of chapters on specific issues (schools, homelessness, drugs, mental illness, sex work, border policing).

The basic issue I had is that Vitale is sometimes a little sloppy on details and that his arguments are at points nakedly political. For example, his section on border policing becomes about his beliefs on immigration. It's not possible to separate the issues of policing from politics, but he straight up offers his opinions on immigration policy and US intervention in central America. His interest in the history of policing is solely in its function as a means of racial and political control, which are huge issues, but his presentation is completely one sided. He's also occasionally dismissive of objections or potential objectives--for example citing "alcohol culture" in France and Italy. (In fact, DUI is a significant issue in France.)

I'm not mentioning this because I disagree with him--for the most part, I don't. My issue is that it makes the book less compelling and convincing to those who aren't already signed up to his politics. I would love to be able to recommend it more widely because it gets into a lot of the issues that many of us who want a changed model of policing grapple with, but I'm not sure it would be convincing. ( )
  arosoff | Jul 11, 2021 |
PSA: The ebook version of this is currently FREE on the publisher's website and can be delivered in multiple formats!

A kinder, gentler, and more diverse war on the poor is still a war on the poor.

this reviews can also be found on my blog.

this is a really great primer on criticisms of the police as well as alternatives. the book has 10 parts and covers topics such as the school-to-prison pipeline, race, homelessness, sex work, and the war on drugs. it was really helpful to see such a breadth of topics laid out, as it is clear that the current policing system fails many people within our society and in a plethora of ways. it's certainly more of an introduction and i was left wanting further information, but i think in that way the book accomplishes what it's set out to do. i definitely recommend it to those who are interested in the current discussion of police reform/abolition and are not sure where to start. ( )
  samesfoley | Jun 18, 2021 |
This book sparks meaningful and timely discussion around policing, by revealing its brutal origins as a system of societal control. Vitale combines academic research with thoughtful opinion to explain why our current attempts at police reform—like diversification and better training—are failing to reduce race-based violence. The book “shows us what real alternatives to overpolicing would look like and how reducing the overall size and power of the police force can actually lead to stronger and safer communities,” says Maisy Card, author and public librarian. “He lays out concrete initiatives that people who want to support systematic change can advocate for.”
  stlukeschurch | Mar 9, 2021 |
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How the police endanger us and why we need to find an alternative Recent years have seen an explosion of protest against police brutality and repression--most dramatically in Ferguson, Missouri, where longheld grievances erupted in violent demonstrations following the police killing of Michael Brown. Among activists, journalists, and politicians, the conversation about how to respond and improve policing has focused on accountability, diversity, training, and community relations. Unfortunately, these reforms will not produce results, either alone or in combination. The core of the problem must be addressed: the nature of modern policing itself. "Broken windows" practices, the militarization of law enforcement, and the dramatic expansion of the police's role over the last forty years have created a mandate for officers that must be rolled back. This book attempts to spark public discussion by revealing the tainted origins of modern policing as a tool of social control. It shows how the expansion of police authority is inconsistent with community empowerment, social justice--even public safety. Drawing on groundbreaking research from across the world, and covering virtually every area in the increasingly broad range of police work, Alex Vitale demonstrates how law enforcement has come to exacerbate the very problems it is supposed to solve. In contrast, there are places where the robust implementation of policing alternatives--such as legalization, restorative justice, and harm reduction--has led to reductions in crime, spending, and injustice. The best solution to bad policing may be an end to policing.

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