The End of Policing
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. Among activists, journalists, and politicians, the conversation about how t...more
However, the book starts out with explaining how reforming the police is in itself a problem because ...more
Alex Vitale covers a lot of gro ...more
Vitale, however, ignores the issue of gun control in the US as ...more
In a nutshell: Sociology professor Vitale offers a logical and thorough examination of the many different areas where police are seen as necessary but are, in reality, making things worse. And, more importantly, offers alternatives to police involvement in those areas.
“At root, they fail to appreciate that the basic n ...more
Some good points in well researched and categorized sections (sex work, education, homelessness, the war on drugs, etc) but the analysis feels superficial at times. Also centrist and outdated language (prostitution vs sex work).
Would recommend overall but not the best I’ve read.
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., and that the modern connotation of police as a peace keeping force to protect and serve the community is largely a fa ...more
Through strong and persuasive argument, Vitale points out that America's criminal justice system is built on the idea of revenge, instead of making families and communities whole ...more
I'm di ...more
Says and cites what a lot of folks (M. Alexander and E. Hinton certainly) have said ...more
At the core of Vitale’s critique is the view that the police force is being used in situations they aren’t trained or intended for. Police forces are handling mental health related crises, immigration issues, and school disipline pro ...more
If you only have time to get the essence, don’t miss the first two chapters and the final chapter, plus the conclusion.
I learned a lot from ...more
We need a fuller implementation of restorative justice to improve the lives of our most vulnerab ...more
I would strongly recommend this book to friends. It educates and asks questions in a ...more
The structure of the book makes it a little tiring in that each chapter ends up being a recitation of woes, and often the answer ends up being “we should transform society” which - yes, I agree with, but - is hard to take as a solution.