police abolition

[VIDEO] Police: Reform? Defund? Abolish?

Should police be reformed, defunded, or abolished?


I wrote this as a debate between characters with strong/weak points made on both the reform and abolish side. Rather than have a clear winner, I wanted to respond to challenging questions and criticisms.

My own opinion is that we should abolish the police but that genuine abolition is likely not possible in capitalism.

Neither character is right or justified in everything they say and at times even make me cringe (especially the ad hominems), but hopefully both say things that are challenging, thought-provoking, and deepen your perspective on this topic.

Against Police Reform - For the Abolition of Capitalism

Just as this piece was ready to go online, yet another blatant police shooting of a black US citizen in full sight has triggered angry protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Jacob Blake has been left paralysed from the waist down. Added to the re-run of nightime curfews, tooled-up police and National Guard lining up against protesters came a follower of "Blue Lives Matter": 17 year old Kyle Rittenhouse, with loaded rifle, promptly shot three people, killing two of them.

Abolitionism against pandemic policing in the Philippines

The demand for abolition becomes urgent in the face of a highly militarized response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the Philippines.

The Murder of George Floyd: The End of Racism Starts with the Death of Capitalism

The killing of George Floyd in plain sight by the Minneapolis police rightly shocked millions of people across the world. The killing of a black person by the police is not an unusual event, particularly in the US.

A World Without Police: Study Guide

This study guide is intended to help activists understand the police and craft strategies to abolish them.

The guide examines the role police play in modern society and how they came to serve this function. It explores the impacts and contradictions of policing, and closes with a look at how communities have resisted police impunity and created alternative means of safety. This guide was compiled by A World Without Police.

Dr. Angela Davis on the role of the trans and non-binary communities in the fight for the feminist abolition she advocates for

Dr. Angela Davis on that women, queer people, and particularly the trans community have shown us that because they show that the normalcy of cisheteronormativity and patriarchy can be challenged, the normalcy of police, jails, and prisons can also be challenged.

The End of Policing by Alex Vitale

A sociological inquiry into the police