Who Do You Serve, Who Do You Protect?: Police Violence and Resistance in the United States

Who Do You Serve, Who Do You Protect?: Police Violence and Resistance in the United States

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What is the reality of policing in the United States? Do the police keep anyone safe and secure other than the very wealthy? How do recent police killings of young black people in the United States fit into the historical and global context of anti-blackness?

This collection of reports and essays (the first collaboration between Truthout and Haymarket Books) explores police violence against black, brown, indigenous and other marginalized communities, miscarriages of justice, and failures of token accountability and reform measures. It also makes a compelling and provocative argument against calling the police.

Contributions cover a broad range of issues including the killing by police of black men and women, police violence against Latino and indigenous communities, law enforcement's treatment of pregnant people and those with mental illness, and the impact of racist police violence on parenting, as well as specific stories such as a Detroit police conspiracy to slap murder convictions on young black men using police informant and the failure of Chicago's much-touted Independent Police Review Authority, the body supposedly responsible for investigating police misconduct. The title Who Do You Serve, Who Do You Protect? is no mere provocation: the book also explores alternatives for keeping communities safe.

Contributors include William C. Anderson, Candice Bernd, Aaron Cantú, Thandi Chimurenga, Ejeris Dixon, Adam Hudson, Victoria Law, Mike Ludwig, Sarah Macaraeg, and Roberto Rodriguez.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781608466122
Publisher: Haymarket Books
Publication date: 06/21/2016
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 284,368
Product dimensions: 5.13(w) x 8.38(h) x (d)

About the Author

Maya Schenwar is Truthout’s editor-in-chief and the author of Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn't Work and How We Can Do Better. Her work has appeared in Truthout, The New York Times, The Guardian, The Nation, Salon, Mother Jones, Ms. Magazine and elsewhere.

Joe Macaré is Truthout's publisher. He has written multiple articles published at Truthout and elsewhere.

Alana Yu-lan Price is Truthout's content relations editor. She has written multiple articles in Tikkun Magazine, the Chicago Defender and Madison Times.

Alicia Garza is special projects director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance and a cofounder of Black Lives Matter.

Table of Contents

Foreword Alicia Garza vii

Introduction Maya Schenwar Joe Macaré Alana Yu-lan Price 1

Part I Police Failing to Serve and Protect 7

1 Killing the Future: The Theft of Black Life Nicholas Powers 9

2 Ring of Snitches: How Detroit Police Slapped False Murder Convictions on Young Black Men Aaron Miguel Cantú 21

3 Amid Shootings, Chicago Police Department Upholds Culture of Impunity Sarah Macaraeg Alison Flowers 33

4 Beyond Homan Square: US History Is Steeped in Torture Adam Hudson 47

5 "Never Again a World Without Us": The Many Tentacles of State Violence Against Black-Brown-Indigenous Communities Roberto Rodriguez 57

6 Killing Africa William C. Anderson 69

7 Say Her Name: What It Means to Center Black Women's Experiences of Police Violence Andrea J. Ritchie 79

8 Your Pregnancy May Subject You to Even More Law Enforcement Violence Victoria Law 97

9 Black Parenting Matters: Raising Children in a World of Police Terror Lisa Nefertari Ulen 103

Part II Communities Building Resistance and Alternatives 109

10 Big Dreams and Bold Steps Toward a Police-Free Future Racket Herzing 111

11 We Charge Genocide: The Emergence of a Movement Asha Rosa Monica Trinidad Page May 119

12 Heeding the Call: Black Women Fighting for Black Lives That Matter Thandisizwe Chimurenga 125

13 Our History and Our Dreams: Building Black and Native Solidarity Kelly Hayes 133

14 A New Year's Resolution: Don't Call the Police Mike Ludwig 147

15 Community Groups Work to Provide Emergency Medical Alternatives, Separate From Police Candice Bernd 151

16 Building Community Safety: Practical Steps Toward Liberatory Transformation Ejeris Dixon 161

Acknowledgments 171

About the Editors and Contributors 173

Notes 179

Index 199

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