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 to respond and improve policing has focused on accountability, diversity, training, and community relations. Unfortunately, these reforms will not produce results, either alone or in combination. The core of the problem must be addressed: the nature of modern policing itself.
This talk attempts to spark public discussion by revealing the tainted origins of modern policing as a tool of social control. How can we support the work of police abolition groups and make connections between police abolition and other social movements? How can we reinvent and demystify the language of policing in order to better prepare activists—and anyone with an open mind—on one of the key issues of our time: police brutality. What models of resistance can we look to in the struggle against police violence and agains the institutions of police and the carceral system?