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The End of Policing Hardcover – October 10, 2017
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“Deeply researched, but also vibrantly and accessibly written, The End of Policing is essential reading for anyone wishing to understand the dire state of policing today. Alex Vitale shows compellingly that as long as we ask the police to shore up a fundamentally unequal and dysfunctional social order, superficial ‘reforms’ won’t do much to help. And he offers concrete alternatives aimed at restoring communities and getting police out of the business of trying to contain social problems that they cannot—and should not—control.”
—Elliott Currie, Professor, University of California, Irvine, author of Crime and Punishment in America
“The End of Policing combines the best in academic research with rhetorical urgency to explain why the ordinary array of police reforms will be ineffective in reducing abusive policing. Alex Vitale shows that we must move beyond conceptualizing public safety as interdiction, exclusion, and arrest if we hope to achieve racial and economic justice.”
—Ruth Wilson Gilmore, Professor, CUNY Graduate Center, Co-Founder of Critical Resistance, author of Golden Gulag
“An extremely vital book on policing. Should be assigned at all police academies. If only the Philando Castile jurors had read this.”
—Jeffrey Fagan, Director of Columbia Law School's Center for Crime, Community, and Law
“Challenging standard accounts of how to reform policing, Alex Vitale argues that true safety demands directing resources away from police and prisons and towards economic development, education, and drug treatment. Urgent, provocative, and timely, The End of Policing will make you question most of what you have been taught to believe about crime and how to solve it.”
—James Forman, Professor, Yale Law School and author of Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America
“In a tightly constructed monograph filled with reform suggestions, Vitale decries the evolution of police agencies as tools of the white establishment to suppress dissatisfaction among the have-nots. A clearly argued, sure-to-be-controversial book.”
“In a chapter on each issue, Vitale sets out the problem in depth, explores the liberal view of reforms that seek only to remove the worst excesses of police conduct and to restore the legitimacy of using force in the interests of society, and then offers ideas for alternatives.”
—The Network for Police Monitoring
“Vitale’s amassing of trenchant facts into an enticing intellectual framework makes The End of Policing a must-read for anyone interesting in waging and winning the fight for economic and social justice.”
—Michael Hirsch, Indypendent
“The End of Policing is that holiday argument book, the relatively brief stack of facts you can hand to a relative who still talks about those nice guys who helped out with the flat tire and doesn’t see why any lives have to matter more than they already do. A thorough rinsing of the American criminal justice system.”
—Sasha Frere-Jones, 4 Columns
“The End of Policing’s great strength lies in demonstrating that if the shape of American policing is historical, it is also contingent. We could have made different choices regarding how we set about securing the public against the array of threats that confront it, and—refreshingly, at this moment of general despair—Vitale believes we still can.”
—Adam Greenfield, Los Angeles Review of Books
About the Author
Alex S. Vitale is Professor of Sociology at Brooklyn College and coordinator of the Policing and Social Justice Project there. He has spent the last 25 years writing about policing and consults both police departments and human rights organizations internationally. He is also a frequent essayist, whose writings have appeared in the New York Daily News, New York Times, Nation, Gotham Gazette, and New Inquiry.
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1 star removed because in some cases he overgeneralizes people from different backgrounds specifically minorities, people living in poverty, police, government. In some cases if feels like he addresses minorities and people living in poverty as if they are all of a similar mindset and view themselves as helpless victims of attacks by the government and don't control the individual outcomes of their own lives. Also the solutions to some problems are in my opinion unrealistic, example - Take guns away from the police in the United States. Overall the author has some good ideas and I learned some valuable things.
I would recommend reading this in the context of reading other books that talk about the problems with current policing practices and philosophies, and have (generally) a wide view that reinforces and is complementary to Vitale’s: THE RISE OF THE WARRIOR COP; YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN INNOCENT; CHOKE HOLD; and INVISIBLE NO MORE: POLICE VIOLENCE AGAINST BLACK WOMEN AND WOMEN OF COLOR.
Professor Vitale explains that well-intentioned reforms such as procedural justice, community policing, independent prosecutors, training and body cameras cannot have but limited effect. It is imperative for us to disarm and fundamentally rethink the role of police in society.
Professor Vitale challenges the popular notion that police are here to protect us. A short history teaches us that policing was created as an institutional response to structural inequality. From the start, policing has had an ignominious past in the suppression of slaves, labor movements, indigenous peoples, and political activists. Although graft and corruption has been greatly reduced since the 1960s, misguided policies such as the War on Drugs means that police continue to profit at the expense of the poor and powerless.
Focusing on the present day, Professor Vitale dedicates individual chapters to assessing policing’s proven ineffectiveness in regulating schools, mental illness, homelessness, sex work, narcotics, gangs, borders and politics. On issue after issue, we learn how heavy-handed policing merely tends to make all things worse. Profligate spending on police and prisons might assuage the fears of the One Percent, but it deprives the funding of solutions that might better address the root cause of these problems.
In the powerful Conclusion, professor Vitale articulates how a just society would, by definition, have a vastly diminished role for policing. The legalization of alcohol, gambling and cannabis has proven that vice need not be criminalized. Greater investment in mental health services, affordable housing, education and guaranteed employment would produce a far healthier, productive and peaceful population. Through his expert discussion and analysis, the author is hopeful that his book will empower us to demand real, community-based solutions to the challenges of our time.
I highly recommend this excellent book to everyone.
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