A reading of a pamphlet stressing the need to abolish police as an institution which provides some practical steps for communities to take in that process.
Imagine a world without police.
We live in a society where almost every social problem--from noisy neighbors to broken
taillights--has become a point of police intervention. The result is an epidemic of harassment
and violence. But what if we found other ways to solve our issues? What if we rolled back
police power, and abolished the institution entirely? Here you are invited to think and act
with other visionaries, and find ways to achieve a police-free world.
Published by the activist group For a World Without Police
The pamphlet can be read here https://libcom.org/library/world-without-police
En Español https://libcom.org/library/reflexiones-para-un-mundo-sin-polic%C3%ADa
And read by Audible Anarchist.
Recommended further reading.
Agee, Christopher L. (2014). The Streets of San Francisco: Policing and the Creation of a Cosmopolitan Liberal Politics, 1950-1972. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Camp, Jordan and Heatherton, Christina, eds. (2016). Policing The Planet: Why the policing crisis led to Black Lives Matter. New York: Verso.
Center for Research on Criminal Justice. (1975). The Iron fist and the velvet glove: An analysis of the U.S. police. San Francisco: Center for Research on Criminal Justice.
Creative Interventions. (2012). Creative Interventions Toolkit: A Practical Guide to Stop Interpersonal Violence.
Guidotto, Nadia. (2011). “Looking Back: The Bathouse Raids in Toronto, 1981” in Captive Genders. Eric A. Stanley and Nat Smith, Eds. Oakland, CA: AK Press. Pg 63-76.
Herbert, Steven. (2006). Citizens, cops, and power: Recognizing the limits of community. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Levi, Margaret. (1977). Bureaucratic insurgency: The case of police unions. Lexington, Mass: Lexington Books.
Malcolm X Grassroots Movement. (2013). Let Your Motto Be Resistance: A Handbook on Organizing New Afrikan and Oppressed Communities for Self-Defense.
Mogul, Joey L., Andrea J. Ritchie and Kay Whitlock. (2015). “The Ghosts of Stonewall: Policing Gender, Policing Sex.” From Queer (In)Justice: The Criminalization of LGBT People in the United States. Boston: Beacon Press, 2012.
Muhammad, Khalil Gibran. (2010). The condemnation of blackness: Race, crime, and the making of modern urban America. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.
Murakawa, Naomi. (2014). The first civil right: How liberals built prison America. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Neocleous, Mark. (2000). The fabrication of social order: A critical theory of police power. London: Pluto Press.
Rose City Copwatch. (2008). Alternatives to Police.
Wacquant, Loic. (2009). Punishing the poor: The neoliberal government of social insecurity. Durham: Duke University Press.
Williams, Kristian. (2004). Our Enemies in Blue: Police and power in America. New York: Soft Skull Press.
Williams, Kristian. (2011). “The other side of the COIN: counterinsurgency and community policing.” Interface 3(1).