The End of Policing
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Coverage of The End of Policing
We must end policing as we know it with Alex Vitale. The Dig
In his new book The End of Policing Brooklyn College sociologist @avitale makes the case that technocratic reforms won't fix American policing. In reality, we can only fix policing by ending the carceral state and defeating neoliberalism.
The End Of Policing: A conversation with Alex Vitale. Verso
The expansion of police authority is inconsistent with community empowerment, social justice—even public safety. Law enforcement has come to exacerbate the very problems it is supposed to solve. The best solution to bad policing may be an end to policing.
Trump Already Has a Wall. It’s the Thin Blue Line. The New Republic
"The fact that violent crackdowns on protesters, rough treatment for criminal suspects, and brutal mistreatment of immigrants are seen as simply prerogatives of the police is indicative of “a fundamental crisis in police legitimacy,” writes sociologist Alex Vitale in his forthcoming book, The End of Policing."
The End of Policing. Kirkus Reviews
"In a tightly constructed monograph filled with reform suggestions, Vitale decries the evolution of police agencies as tools of the white establishment to suppress dissatisfaction among the have-nots. The author understands the role of police in trying to solve violent crimes such as rapes and homicides, but he believes police should no longer serve as the chief combatants against narcotics use, street gangs, border patrol, prostitution between consenting adults, homelessness, mental illness, and misbehaving adolescents. Instead, Vitale suggests either decriminalization of certain behaviors or non–law enforcement solutions, such as government agencies and private organizations that could, for example, work with the homeless to provide them with permanent shelter. A clearly argued, sure-to-be-controversial book."
Trump Is Trying to Militarize the Police. It Won’t Make Us Any Safer. Fortune Magazine
It’s time to take a much bigger step to end police militarization than the changes implemented by the Obama administration. The 1033 and Terrorism Grants programs should be abandoned or completely rethought. Given the catastrophe in Houston this week, it’s clear that what local officials really need from the federal government to enhance public safety are high-water vehicles and swift water rescue boats, not tanks and bayonets. Alex S. Vitale is professor of sociology and coordinator of the Policing and Social Justice Project at Brooklyn College, and author of The End of Policing.
Police Turn Body Cams into Tools for Public Relations, not Accountability. Columbia Journalism Review
“What we’re seeing in practice on the ground is that even though body cams were sold to us as a police accountability tool, they’re really being used for public relations purposes, to make the police look good,” says Alex Vitale, Brooklyn College sociologist and author of “The End of Policing.” “The media should be asking for unedited footage and should be demanding access to footage that plays a role in accountability, not in PR.”
Police and the Liberal Fantasy. Jacobin
Body cameras and more training aren't enough. We need to divert funding for police into funding for human needs.
Envisioning an America Free from Police Violence and Control. The Intercept
In “The End of Policing,” Alex S. Vitale argues that police reforms implemented in the wake of Brown’s death — from diversity initiatives to community policing to body cameras — fail to acknowledge that policing as an institution reinforces race and class inequalities by design.
The End of Policing: A New Book on the Problem of Policing. Black Perspectives.
This post is part of our blog series that announces the publication of selected new books in African American History and African Diaspora Studies.
4 Disabled People Dead in Another Week of Police Brutality. The Nation
Alex S. Vitale, author of The End of Policing, told me that, beyond the issues of disability and policing, “This all starts as a self-directed search for drugs. And since drugs are conceived of as automatically dangerous and illegal, the police approach people as dangerous and a threat to be controlled. As soon as the young person said, ‘I’m fine,’ that should have been the end of it.”
Brooklyn D.A. Eric Gonzalez Leads a Contested Primary in a Race With Real Consequences. The Village Voice
“The rules of discovery in New York remain deeply problematic,” said Alex Vitale, a professor of sociology at Brooklyn College and the author of The End of Policing. “Defense attorneys are not getting potentially exculpatory evidence until the day before or day of a trial.”
Alex Vitale - The End of Policing (In Conversation). Upstream
In this Upstream Conversation we spoke with author Alex S. Vitale about his new book, “The End of Policing.”
The Term ‘Terrorism’ Is a State Weapon. The Nation
“I’d like to hear more about how calling it terrorism ends up making us safer? Will it lead to weapons ban or just more aggressive policing?” asked Alex Vitale, professor of sociology at Brooklyn College and author of The End of Policing, in response to a tweet that stated, “#stephenpaddock is a terrorist.” Vitale, when met with predictable and reasonable replies about racist double standards, replied, “do we really want to feed the ‘terrorism’ machine? Esp[ecially] with Trump.” Vitale makes a good point: The interpellation of “terrorist” has a fierce history of promoting a repressive and military state apparatus, not justice.
‘If We Don’t Change the Mission of Police, Reforms Will Not Work.’ CounterSpin
Janine Jackson interviews Alex Vitale about de-policing and his new book The End of Policing for CounterSpin radio.
The End of Policing. Socialist Review
Alex Vitale condemns the politics of austerity for creating the circumstances in which heavy-handed policing becomes the accepted means of controlling a poor, marginalised majority in a system which exists to serve the 1%. Chapters on mental health, homelessness, sex work, drugs and border policing illustrate the way in which the system persecutes and fails those who need the most help and the increasing impossibility of accessing services without going through the cycle of the criminal justice system.
Review: The End of Policing. NetPol, The Network for Police Monitoring
‘The End of Policing’ looks in detail at a number of the key issues that dominate the debate about crime in the US, including the various wars on drugs, terror, vice, gangs and homelessness. In each case, he argues that after years of neo-liberal austerity, there is compelling evidence that “local governments have no will or ability to pursue the kind of ameliorative social policies that address crime and disorder”. Instead, because “political leaders have embraced a neoconservative politics that sees all social problems as police problems”, the response has been to harass, arrest and imprison those who are themselves the most likely to become victims of street crime: people from poor, working class and especially black neighbourhoods. Using the criminal justice system in this way has, however, singularly failed to provide long-term solutions. It is also enormously expensive, inherently racist and fundamentally unjust. In a chapter on each issue, Vitale sets out the problem in depth, explores the liberal view of reforms that seek only to remove the worst excesses of police conduct and to restore the legitimacy of using force in the interests of society, and then offers ideas for alternatives.
The New Horsemen: How American Riot Police Embraced the Bicycle.The Guardian
In the 1980s, policing took another turn with the era of “community policing”. This was “about restoring police legitimacy after the civil unrest of the 1960s and 1970s, and the professional isolation of police,” says Alex Vitale, a sociology teacher at Brooklyn College and author of the forthcoming book The End of Policing.
Suicide by Cop Phenomena Must End. RT International
Alex Vitale, professor of sociology at Brooklyn College and author of The End of Policing tells RT America there's a real crisis of legitimacy in policing today, and that expanding the role of armed officers to solve social problems has increased police violence.