Policing Quotes

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Terry Pratchett
“You are in favour of the common people?” said Dragon mildly.
The common people?” said Vimes. “They’re nothing special. They’re no different from the rich and powerful except they’ve got no money or power. But the law should be there to balance things up a bit. So I suppose I’ve got to be on their side.”
Terry Pratchett, Feet of Clay

Ben Aaronovitch
“The police never saw a noun they didn't want to turn into a verb, so it quickly became "to action", as in you action me to undertake a Falcon assessment, I action a Falcon assessment, a Falcon assessment has been actioned and we all action in a yellow submarine, a yellow submarine, a yellow submarine.
This, to review a major inqurity is to review the list of "actions" and their consequences, in the hope that you'll spot something that thirty-odd highly trained and experienced detectives didn't.”
Ben Aaronovitch, Foxglove Summer

Mikki Kendall
“On average, American states spend $88,000 to incarcerate a young person, but allot an average of $10,000 to educate them.”
Mikki Kendall, Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot

Steven Magee
“No amount of community policing will cause the common people to accept a known corrupt police department.”
Steven Magee

“Let us once again be clear: if we oppose violence, then we must oppose all forms of policing. If we oppose violence, then we must call for an end to war, an end to occupation. We must oppose sexual assault, and prisons as institutions that wield it as a strategic tool. If we abhor violence to bodies, families, and communities, then we should abhor all these systems and call for their immediate abolition. As Ta-Nehisi Coates said so perfectly in his Atlantic piece "Nonviolence as Compliance," "When nonviolence is preached by the representatives of the state, while the state doles out heaps of violence to its citizens, it reveals itself to be a con."

In Support of Baltimore; or, Smashing Police Cars Is Logical Political Strategy”
Benji Hart

“The theory of policing is quite far from the reality of policing. For us, at least, that is.”
DeRay Mckesson, On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope

Steven Magee
“The police policing themselves does not work.”
Steven Magee

“If you start having a society where people are policing their own thoughts, now we’re back in Salem, Massachusetts, where literally, they didn’t do anything for fun, and then that pressure built up and they all went nuts.”
Mary Katharine Ham, End of Discussion: How the Left's Outrage Industry Shuts Down Debate, Manipulates Voters, and Makes America Less Free

“In order for a police force to be effective, it has to earn the trust of its people. But to those who only scratch the surface, to those who do not investigate their simplistic opinions about the root cause of crime in inner cities and the animosity between police forces and communities of color, the answer is simply more policing. But what we need is different policing. Policing not steeped from root to flower in the need to control people of color.”
Ijeoma Oluo, So You Want to Talk About Race

“A person who has a criminal mind and would be punished by the referees and they will remain in isolation from others as an opportunity for them to reform. When he or she get released from his or her referees' custody, he or she would have a better understanding about the ethical and moral values of his or her society and not make the same mistake again.”
Saaif Alam

“Accountability in police can best be done in an assembly where everyone concerned will come and share their views and opinion to the activities of the police because there's a whole lot of excesses in the police force that must be corrected for effective policing and better society's trust on them.”
Chidiebere Prosper Agbugba

Juliana Barbassa
“Killings by cops on the job continued to rise. . . . they became an institutionalized way for police to settle scores.
"We stopped being peacekeeping police and turned into troops at war," Mário Sérgio said.”
Juliana Barbassa, Dancing with the Devil in the City of God: Rio de Janeiro on the Brink

“Rape is something very obscene and this act must always be intervened by authorities, so victims will not end up suffering from a post traumatic disorder.”
Saaif Alam

Qanta A. Ahmed
“The origins of the Mutawaeen therefore were never to be an anti-Western mine-sweeping tool, rather a means of policing the state for the security of the precarious monarchy that had conquered it.”
Qanta A. Ahmed, In the Land of Invisible Women: A Female Doctor's Journey in the Saudi Kingdom

“Policemen always have the idea that they can’t have emotions, that you are as hard as a rock, and that’s not true. You are no different than anyone else.”
A.J. Mair

Steven Magee
“2020 was the year of aggressive policing.”
Steven Magee

“The cost of housing people and providing then with mental health services is actually lower than cycling them through emergency rooms, homeless shelters, and jails, as numerous studies have shown. The drive to criminalize has more to do with ideology than effectiveness: the mentally ill are seen not as victims of the neoliberal restructuring of public health services but as a dangerous source of disorder to be controlled through intensive and aggressive policing. Any attempt to reduce the negative effects of policing on this population must directly challenge this ideological approach to policing”
Alex Vitale

“The use of guns and militarized equipment undermines the basic ethos of school as a learning environment and replaces it with fear and control.”
Alex Vitale

Steven Magee
“The truth about angry and aggressive policing came out in 2020.”
Steven Magee

“While there has indeed been an increase in coercive state practices over the past several decades relative to much of the twentieth century, when viewed as part of the long history of capitalism, the carceral excesses of neoliberalism have much in common with the dispossession of the peasantry from the land in England and, globally, the ‘Bloody legislation’ used to terrorize those who violated newly established norms of private property, the criminalization of women who contravened historically specific norms of chastity and femininity, and the violent disciplining of different segments of the population deemed insufficiently ‘rational’ to respond to the market-based incentives that are so often assumed to be the key disciplinary mechanisms underpinning capitalist society”
Adrienne Roberts, Gendered States of Punishment and Welfare: Feminist Political Economy, Primitive Accumulation and the Law

Olawale Daniel
“The reminder that the Nigerian police being understaffed, undertrained and underpaid was why the #EndSARS protest went out of control. Stop blaming peaceful protesters for inability of the police to perform their duties and maintain order.”
Olawale Daniel

Alice Walker
“To the Po'lice

In case you are
the answer is yes:
you have hurt us. Deeply.
Just as you
you and those
who sent you.
You do know by now
that you do not send

I imagine your Designers
sitting back
in the shadows
as we weep.
Though usually devoid of feeling,
they are experiencing a sensation
they almost enjoy:
they get to witness, by twisted
enchantment, dozens
of strong black mothers
They planned
and nurtured
your hatred and fear
and focused the kill shot.
Then watched you
try to explain
your innocence on TV.
It is entertainment for
them. They chuckle and drink
Watching you squirm.
They have tied you up
in a bag of confusion
from which you
will never escape.
It’s true you are white, but you are so fucking poor,
and dumb, to boot, they say.
A consideration that turns
them pink
with glee.
(They have so many uses planned
for the poor, white, and dumb: you would be
You and the weeping mothers
have more in common than you might think:
the mothers know this.
They have known you
far longer
than you have known them. After centuries,
even those in the shadows, your masters,
offer little mystery.
If you could
find your true courage
you might risk everything
to sit within a circle, surrounded
by these women. Their eyes red
from weeping, their throats raw.
(They might strike you too, who could swear
they wouldn’t?)
Their sons are dead
and it was you
who did the deed.
Scary enough.
But within that enclosure
Naked to their grief
Is where you must center
If you are ever
To be freed.”
Alice Walker, Taking the Arrow Out of the Heart

Chad  Holland
“At the end of you life, if you can say to yourself, "When I die, someone is better off because I lived," then you have accomplished your mission. You can rest peacefully.”
Chad Holland, Scars of Blue: A story of Policing, Corruption, Mental Health, and Survival

Andrea Dworkin
“standard forms are sometimes called conventions, conventions are mightier than armies, police, and prisons. each citizen becomes the enforcer, the doorkeeper, an instrument of the Law, an unfeeling guard punching his fellow man hard in the belly.”
Andrea Dworkin, Last Days at Hot Slit: The Radical Feminism of Andrea Dworkin

Frank B. Wilderson III
“I’m not against police brutality, I’m against the police.”
Frank B. Wilderson III

Maya Schenwar
“There’s a reason for the mainstream bipartisan consensus around community policing: it maintains and expands the status quo. As advocates call for fewer police and less policing and criminalization, community policing becomes a way to reshape the narrative to position police as friendly beat cops who know everyone’s name. But community policing doesn’t make policing more effective, less hostile, or more accountable to the communities they serve in. Instead it allows police to further entrench their presence in neighborhoods, justify increases in their numbers, and even mobilize community members to participate in policing by surveilling our neighbors.”
Maya Schenwar, Prison by Any Other Name: The Harmful Consequences of Popular Reforms

“The violence of the imperial project is not a mere historical curiosity, nor did it only take place in a 'distant land'; it shaped and continues to shape the technologies of British state violence today.”
Tanzil Chowdhury, Abolishing the Police

Eddie Bruce-Jones
“We use the law though we are terrified of it, contemptuous of its Janus face. We ask the police for what we need, hoping they will not kill us before we have finished stating our claims.”
Eddie Bruce-Jones, Abolishing the Police