Policing: To Alter or Abolish?

Improving Police

Tracey L. Meares, is the Walton Hale Hamilton Professor of Law at Yale University, a woman of color, and served on the “President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing. Her article in this month’s “Boston Review” presents a most interesting idea: our nation’s police are in need not of reform, but transformation. And the argument driving this is to abolish the police as we know it.

Now if I can get my former colleagues to settle down a minute and consider this argument it might lead to a better future for our nation’s police. Here is her argument in part. It’s worth discussing…


Policing: A Public Good Gone Bad

Tracey L. Meares

“[T]he best way to solve the epidemic of police violence against black Americans is far from obvious, and it should not be surprising that the solutions advanced by communities of color often run counter to conventional solutions. In…

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