Policing and Abolition

“The police are not an institution essential for democracy; they are an institution for maintaining an order of racial capitalism and have never strayed from this mandate since the days of the slave patrols and colonial militias. Where police reform seeks only to transform the way policing happens, police abolition seeks to transform what police are.” Police A Field Guide; David Correia and Tyler Wall

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The video below, featuring activist and professor Dr. Ruth Wilson Gilmore, is intended to briefly contextualize and describe policing and abolition.