• The Best Histories of U.S. Policing, According to Experts

    A panel of experts including historians Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Simon Balto, Max Felker-Kantor, Carl Suddler, Stuart Schrader and Melanie Newport assemble a reading list for understanding policing and its relationship to racism and social class in the US. 

  • What Defunding the Police can Mean for U.S. Foreign Policy

    by Stuart Schrader

    To start this process will require looking inward, but it will be impossible without looking outward as well — by rethinking the U.S. role in the world, shrinking the Department of Defense’s massive footprint, and redirecting its resources and legitimacy toward more peaceful streets.

  • The Slow Path to Police Reform in Northern Ireland

    by Donald M. Beaudette and Laura Weinstein

    It took deep reforms and patience to build trust in policing across the sectarian divide of Northern Ireland after the Good Friday Accords. Does that process have lessons for the United States? 

  • Abolition or Bust: Liberal Police Reform as an Engine of Carceral Violence

    by Charlotte Rosen

    Recent work by scholars including Naomi Murakawa, Jodi Melamed, Elizabeth Hinton, Marisol LeBrón, Simon Balto, Max Felker-Kantor and Alex Vitale show that liberal reforms to policing fail to solve serious problems and reinforce the power and reach of police departments to the detriment of the disadvantaged.

  • Don’t Be Fooled by Seattle’s Police-Free Zone

    by Margaret O'Mara

    Protest is forcing our city to reckon with truths that can and should make white citizens like me uncomfortable, and that remind us just how much Seattle is like the rest of America: impossibly divided, and impossibly full of hope.

  • What ‘Less Lethal’ Weapons Actually Do

    Policing historian Stuart Schrader explains the military roots of many less-lethal police crowd-control weapons and the connections between military occupation and contemporary policing. 

  • Why America’s Institutions Are Failing

    Two major parts of American institutional life--law enforcement and the regulatory state--have failed spectaculary as the culmination of long-term historical trends. 

  • Why This Started in Minneapolis

    There’s a dissonance, locals say, between Minneapolis' progressive rhetoric and the reality of how people of different races experience completely different cities. Read how history professor William D. Green and others have experienced these divides, and how they propose to bridge them.

  • Subverting New York’s Police Brutality Policy

    by Lawrence Wittner

    Longstanding opposition from the Patrolman's Benevolent Association, the union of New York City police officers, has made meaningful civilian oversight of the police impossible. 

  • Why Filming Police Violence Has Done Nothing to Stop It

    The evidence suggests body cameras and other technological solutions to police violence are inadequate because the police are protected against consequences even if their misdeeds are recorded.