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The End of Policing

Written by: Alex S. Vitale
Narrated by: Michael Butler Murray
Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
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Recent years have seen an explosion of protest against police brutality and repression. Among activists, journalists, and politicians, the conversation about how to respond and improve policing has focused on accountability, diversity, training, and community relations. Unfortunately, these reforms will not produce results, either alone or in combination. The core of the problem must be addressed: the nature of modern policing itself.  

This audiobook attempts to spark public discussion by revealing the tainted origins of modern policing as a tool of social control. It shows how the expansion of police authority is inconsistent with community empowerment, social justice - even public safety. Drawing on groundbreaking research from across the world, and covering virtually every area in the increasingly broad range of police work, Alex Vitale demonstrates how law enforcement has come to exacerbate the very problems it is supposed to solve.  

In contrast, there are places where the robust implementation of policing alternatives - such as legalization, restorative justice, and harm reduction - has led to a decrease in crime, spending, and injustice. The best solution to bad policing may be an end to policing.

©2017 Alex S. Vitale (P)2019 Tantor

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  • Daniel A. Boyd
  • 2019-08-09

Preaching to the choir

Full onslaught anti policing propaganda, no room for any counterpoints.

I agree with everything in the book accept 1 or two nitpicky points.

Basic idea is that we need a new socialworker job that we'd be able to call for various "trivial" domestic issues. Get rid of military hardware at local level.

I have so many personal anecdotes of police escalating problems that they were called into solve. In all 4 cities I've lived in.

The issue is, this book offers no way to talk to people on the other side. Nothing said would persuade a cop and is dissmisve of their fears, which while I agree, statisticaly speaking are overblown are psychologically significant.

There is a huge economic angle that seems obvious and I hope someone does that book, if we get rid of the police where does that money go?

Would have loved more stats on how innefective they are beyond no one gets caught after 48hrs.

Loved the totality of the book, looking at crime in various places and the major roles of drugs/sex work etc. Highly recommend you read/listen to it.

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