- Without progressive solutions to the tension between law enforcement and people of color, every city is one incident away from being the next Baltimore.
- “While the CVS burned,” said Ifill, “no one stopped to ask why there was no grocery store in the neighborhood.” --NAACP Legal Defense Fund Sherrilyn Ifill
- “If we don’t rethink the way police officers operate in our communities, we will always think that we have to police our way out of crime.” --Jeffrey Blackwell, chief of Cincinnati’s police department
- 1968 and the Invention of the American Police State
Nathalie Baptiste, American Prospect
May 6, 2015 | As police officers and members of the communities they’re charged with protecting continue to go head-to-head in the streets, one thing is clear: Policing needs to change. At the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s fifth annual America Healing conference, transforming American policing is exactly what attendees are trying to do. The conference in the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina, attracts hundreds of activists, lawyers, and, academics from across the country.
In the nine months since the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, police departments nationwide are under intense scrutiny—in particular the departments within cities and communities of color. Thanks to social media and smartphones, we’ve been able to document the unjustified police killings of black people in New York, Baltimore, Ferguson, North Charleston, and more.
Nathalie Baptiste is a writing fellow at The American Prospect. She has worked as a contributor to Foreign Policy In Focus and written for Inter Press Service.
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1968 and the Invention of the American Police State, Daniel Denvir, City Lab / The Marshall Project
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