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Police


  • Understanding Gun and Police Violence Lies Between History and Power

    by Kwasi Konadu

    Dealing effectively with gun violence and police violence requires recognizing they are connected by the long history of America's culture of force in defense of the social order. The National Gun Violence Awareness Day observed today should reflect this connection.



  • The Racist Roots of Campus Policing

    by Eddie R. Cole

    Campus police forces often trace their origins to moments when Black demands for expanded housing opportunity clashed with universities' ambitions for expansion or desire to maintain white residential areas near their campuses. 



  • Will We Ever Get Beyond "The Fire Next Time"?

    by Elizabeth Hinton

    "What we witnessed in 2020 was the latest manifestation of an ongoing crisis that could have been solved if elected officials had properly understood the root causes the first time around."



  • The Professor Who Became a Cop

    Patrick Blanchfield reviews "Tangled Up In Blue," Rosa Brooks's account of joining the DC Police Reserve Corps and meditation on the role of policing in society. 



  • Why We Should Abolish the Campus Police

    by Davarian L. Baldwin

    University police forces are a major factor in strained relationships between colleges and their communities. Abolish them, says the author. 



  • Reclaiming the Power of Rebellion

    Activist Derecka Purnell interviews Elizabeth Hinton about her new book "America on Fire" and the need to think about urban unrest in political, not criminal or psychological, terms. 



  • Recasting the ‘Riots’ of the 1960s as Rebellions by Blacks Under Siege

    by Peniel E. Joseph

    Peniel Joseph reviews Elizabeth Hinton's new book "America On Fire" and says it "reconceptualizes the Black freedom struggle between the 1968 assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Black Lives Matter 2.0 demonstrations that galvanized the nation, and much of the world, in 2020."



  • The Shocking MOVE Bombing was Part of a Broader Pattern of Anti-Black Racism

    by J.T. Roane

    The Philadelphia Police Department bears responsibility for the deadly bombing of the rowhouse occupied by MOVE members, but the carnage shows a long pattern of indifference by multiple municipal departments to the health, safety, and quality of life of Black residents in the 1970s and 1980s. 



  • Elizabeth Hinton: Unearthing the Roots of Black Rebellion

    Elizabeth Hinton's new book argues that anti-police uprisings, commonly called "riots," were frequent and widespread in American Black communities in the 1960s, and should be understood as a political movement against inequality and the inherently abusive nature of the "war on crime." 



  • Police and the License to Kill

    by Matthew D. Lassiter

    The history of the Detroit Police Department shows that police reforms won't reduce killing as long as departments can set priorities that result in racially targeted and discretionary enforcement and are allowed to investigate and sanction the conduct of their own officers. 



  • The Long Brutality

    by Keisha N. Blain

    Two police killings highlight the specifically gendered nature of state violence against Black people, and the particular ways Black women are targeted. In this respect, the history of Black Lives Matter is a long history of Black women's political activism.



  • Princeton Owes the Families of the MOVE Bombing Victims Answers

    by Judith Weisenfeld, Ruha Benjamin et al.

    Members of the Princeton faculty argue that "the victims of the MOVE bombing, their families, and those of us at Princeton invested in Black history and communities deserve more" than the university's statements to date about the use of remains of the victims. 



  • The MOVE Bombing and the Callous Handling of Black Remains

    by Jessica Parr

    The remains of the victims of the Philadelphia Police Department's bombing of the MOVE organization in 1985, including two children, were acquired by the University of Pennsylvania, stored outside of climate control, passed on to Princeton, and eventually lost, a final indignity to the victims.