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The Defund Movement
Alex Vitale (Brooklyn College)
After the police killing of George Floyd, protests around the country have erupted, calling for an end to police brutality against Black Americans. Alex Vitale is the author of The End of Policing. He says it’s not enough to reform the police. Instead, we must actually defund police and essentially end policing.
Justin Hansford (Howard University School of Law)
Justin Hansford explains why one popular reform known as community policing is a wolf in sheep’s clothing.
“Could We Please Give The Police Departments To The Grandmothers?”
Junauda Petrus-Nasah is an activist, writer, and performance artist. She reads her poem “Could We Please Give The Police Departments To The Grandmothers?” which aired at a press conference in Minneapolis on June 3rd, hosted by Black Visions Collective and Reclaim the Block.
Connie Hassett-Walker (Norwich University)
Connie Hassett-Walker (Norwich University) studies the history of police in America. Going all the way back to the 18th century, she traces the racist roots of American police and reflects on how this legacy still echoes today.
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