Our Enemies in Blue: Police and Power in America

Our Enemies in Blue: Police and Power in America

Kristian Williams


Let's commence with the fundamentals: violence is an inherent a part of policing. The police symbolize the main direct capacity in which the country imposes its will at the citizenry. they're armed, expert, and licensed to take advantage of strength. just like the danger of arrest, the specter of violence is implicit in each police come upon. Violence, in addition to the legislations, is what they represent.

Using media stories on my own, the Cato Institute's final annual learn indexed approximately seven thousand sufferers of police "misconduct" within the usa. yet such tales of police brutality purely scratch the outside of a countrywide epidemic. each year, tens of hundreds of thousands are framed, blackmailed, crushed, sexually assaulted, or killed by means of police officers. countless numbers of hundreds of thousands of greenbacks are spent on civil judgments and settlements each year. person lives, households, and groups are destroyed.

In this widely revised and up to date version of his seminal learn of policing within the usa, Kristian Williams exhibits that police brutality is not an anomaly, yet is equipped into the very that means of legislation enforcement within the usa. From antebellum slave patrols to cutting-edge unarmed early life being gunned down within the streets, "peace keepers" have continuously used strength to form habit, repress dissent, and shield the strong. Our Enemies in Blue is a well-researched page-turner that either makes ancient experience of this legalized social pathology and maps out attainable alternatives.

Kristian Williams is the writer of numerous books, together with American equipment: Torture and the common sense of Domination. He co-edited Life in the course of Wartime: Resisting Counterinsurgency, and lives in Portland, Oregon.

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