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ACAB: The Antebellum Years

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On October 17, 2020
The police have basically always existed as a racist institution. And here’s an example of this from mid-19th century New York City. No one individual embodied the brawling roughness of New York policing like Captain Isiah Rynders of the U.S. Marshals. Born in 1804 in the Hudson River town of Waterford, New York, Rynders was […]

Slogan v. Policy

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On September 27, 2020

That the police are nightmarish in this nation is a huge understatement. We hardly need to explain it at this point. Calls to defund or abolish the policy are morally correct. But they are also probab

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Will it surprise you that research suggests the biggest reason for violence in protests is that the cops start it? No, I don’t suppose it will. You will be shocked, simply SHOCKED, to learn that after decades of researching effective methods for police response to large crowd actions, researchers have found — and you’re never […]

On Cop Media

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On June 6, 2020

Alyssa Rosenberg has a very interesting piece noting at how a century of cop films and then television shows has served as propaganda for the fascists running amok in our cities today. Like many other

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Today in Policing

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On December 8, 2019
It’s a real wonder why more and more people believe the entire structure of policing to be so corrupted that the reject law enforcement’s moral authority entirely: Two Los Angeles police officers responded to a report of a possible dead body inside a home and found a deceased woman. When one left the room, the […]
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This is a guest post by Simon Balto, Assistant Professor of History and Director of African-American Studies at Ball State University. His book, Occupied Territory: Policing Black Chicago from Red Summer to Black Power, will come out next year from the University of North Carolina Press. He previously wrote this post for us. Expect to […]

Peak Belgium

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On December 30, 2015

This really should just be labelled #Belgium: Soldiers and police officers in Brussels held an orgy while the city was in lockdown over fears of a Paris-style attack by Islamist extremists, according

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