Abolishing the Police
Edited by Koshka Duff
Published by Dog section Press
Release date TBC
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“A new book entitled Abolishing the Police (An Illustrated Introduction) asks what dismantling the police would actually look like. Below, its editor Koshka Duff and contributor Connor Woodman interrogate our current institution's role in upholding a profoundly unequal and crisis-ridden social order.
In June earlier this year, Lisa Bender, the Minneapolis City Council President, made a statement to hundreds of protesters. “Our efforts at incremental reform have failed,” she said, “Period.” In the wake of the killing of George Floyd, which sparked global demonstrations for Black Lives Matter, Bender’s pledge to dismantle the Minneapolis Police was a moment of hope for activists around the world.
Although Bender’s pledge is still no closer to becoming policy, the idea of abolishing the police – which may once have seemed preposterous – is gaining mainstream currency. It seems that many share the suspicion that there is something rotten about the police, not just as individuals, but as an institution. And not just as one isolated institution, but as the tip of a much larger iceberg of coercive institutions, all of which work to criminalise, subdue, and punish.”
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