Vitale calls for a dismantling of our very notion of the police: a sprawling, untethered bureaucracy permitted to use lethal force and unaccountable to the people. Vitale writes that America's criminal justice system is horribly corrupt, racist to its core, insidiously harmful, and just plain wrong on every level. Beyond the cities, another influence shared with Britain was the experience of colonial rule. Police should be encouraged to use it, as long as they are open about what they are doing, and as long as they heed legitimate criticism and adjust their programs accordingly. Vitale argues that such efforts, while well intentioned, are a distraction. Unfortunately, these reforms will not produce results, either alone or in combination. This argument also does not recognise the varying levels of whiteness and the impact they have on the ways in which white, European migrants within Europe experience borders.
Urgent, provocative, and timely, The End of Policing will make you question most of what you have been taught to believe about crime and how to solve it. As a political manifesto, not so much. I think that community policing merely expands our reliance on police to deal with social problems that would be better handled in other ways. When a nation builds its criminal justice system on the idea of harsh, punitive, and vengeful retribution i. It provides not only a critical eye on the role and the supposed 'reforms' politicians want to provide, but it also gives a number of alternatives to policing which is I think the greatest strength of this book. The writing is extremely readable but the stories are sometimes difficult to read — about every third page I was so angry I wanted to haul the book across the room.
I don't think it's enough at this stage just to argue that the police is bad and unnecessary, we need ideas on how to struggle against it. Vitale proposes that true social reform, rather than superficial solutions like diversity training and use of force training, are needed to end corrupt, erratic and oppressive policing. Unfortunately, none of these is likely to produce results, because they fail to get at the core of the problem. Alex Vitale shows that we must move beyond conceptualizing public safety as interdiction, exclusion, and arrest if we hope to achieve racial and economic justice. I don't think it should be the job of police to provide discipline in the public schools, to help families with their mentally ill relatives, or to provide access to programs for homeless people.
In the second argument, policing doesn't have to fully disappear as long as the goals of the police change and funding is put into healthcare, education, and job training programmes instead of police operations. Have already recommended to others. A choice quote: Even the best-behaved people become an eyesore when living outside. A clearly argued, sure-to-be-controversial book. Data, used properly, can enhance public safety. The problem i Alex Vitale's book offers some compelling arguments in favor of pulling back and evaluating all of the areas of civil society that have been outsourced to police command and control. Using the criminal justice system in this way has, however, singularly failed to provide long-term solutions.
The book does a decent job of challenging the most common reforms e. Vitale calls for a dismantling of our very notion of the police: a sprawling, untethered bureaucracy permitted to use lethal force and unaccountable to the people. The best solution to bad policing may be an end to policing. Vitale says yes and provides a whole host of alternatives. The best solution to bad policing may be an end to policing. This is a very important book to read. It is also enormously expensive, inherently racist and fundamentally unjust.
As a result, all black youth are viewed as legitimate targets for the persistent use of stop and search powers, which has remained repeatedly. Very readable and highly recommended. As such, the book provides a good starting point on thinking about what we as a society expect or police to do, how successful they have been at it, and what alternatives might be more beneficial. Everything in America is, of course, more extreme, more dramatically divided on racial fault lines and more heavily armed than in Britain: that includes the number of citizens who die in police custody and the proportion of the population in incarceration. We could have made different choices regarding how we set about securing the public against the array of threats that confront it, and - refreshingly, at this moment of general despair - Vitale believes we still can. Why better training of police officers is inadequate to reduce strained relations between law enforcement and minority or impoverished communities and why it is necessary to completely rethink the role of police in America. Mental illness and substance abuse contribute to disorderly and illegal behaviors that disrupt communities in ways that can make public spaces inhospitable and, in rare cases, dangerous.
The problem is policing itself. Thirty years ago many officers vowed they would leave rather than trust some of their colleagues with a gun. About The End of Policing How the police endanger us and why we need to find an alternative Recent years have seen an explosion of protest against police brutality and repression—most dramatically in Ferguson, Missouri, where longheld grievances erupted in violent demonstrations following the police killing of Michael Brown. Alex Vitale covers a lot of ground in a short volume: he starts by shedding light on the fundamentally anti-Black, anti-labor, anti-dissent foundation of the police -- contrary to popular belief, the police were not established to protect public safety. It is impossible to cover every subject the book examines here but take homelessness, for example.
The best solution to bad policing may be an end to policing. About The End of Policing The problem is not overpolicing, it is policing itself Recent years have seen an explosion of protest against police brutality and repression. Even though every chapter of the book makes a reformist argument, the book is overall too radical for me to give this to students who may be majoring in Criminology. They believe that policing is the way to do this. While the first few chapters cover some historical ground on police origins, emphasizing that formal police departments were largely created to act as agents of the state to enforce property laws, combat worker movements, etc.
But, too often, rather than addressing those political concerns, our political leaders hand it off to the police to deal with. . I would still recommend this book despite its failings, as it makes several good arguments and offers interesting historical accounts. Hinton certainly have said more thoroughly, in a solid policy-oriented critique. Author Vitale starts with a history of policing to redirect readers from the idea that the police were created to protect people.
See the video of his remarks here. A really good book, with a lot of well-thought-out ideas and examples. The core of the problem must be addressed: the nature of modern policing itself. This book is definitely worth reading if you are unaware of the dangerous state of policing in America today, or if you are looking for an in depth analysis of policing. Marx demanded the 'Merciless criticism of everything that exists': for us that includes Marxism itself. Police numbers have undoubtedly reduced since 2010 but still remain at historically high levels after years of growth.