Our Enemies in Blue: Police and Power in America
New edition! An examination of the history of police violence from a radical, yet pragmatic and highly readable, perspective.
Written for lay readers and scholars alike, Our Enemies in Blue shows that police misconduct isn't just a matter of 'bad apples,' but a function of the very nature of policing in the United States. Kristian Williams examines the populations most often subjected to police abuse and the many forms it takes.
Exploring modern police forces' evolution from slave patrols and protection rackets, to racism in law enforcement, critiques of 'community' policing, and suggested strategies for combating police violence.
He also includes a chapter on prison economics, with an emphasis on how police have cooperated with politicians to intentionally increase the number of prisons. Practical guidance to activists, pushing for a future when we can make police obsolete.
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