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Who Polices the Police?

The Contrary Perspective

Coming soon to a police force near you?  (Photo: U.S. Air Force/Senior Master Sgt. George Thompson) Surplus MRAPs: Coming soon to a police force near you? (Photo: U.S. Air Force/Senior Master Sgt. George Thompson)

S. and B. Lett

Every day in America it seems there is a report of police brutality or a shooting of an unarmed civilian, often a shooting death. The typical response from a generally white public is ho-hum. Why is this?

One reason is that white people of certain socio-economic classes have no experience of, or exposure to, police aggressiveness and abuse.  For these people, the police are rescuers and protectors, upholders of a system that favors them.  Oh, the police may be a nuisance at times (those pesky speeding tickets or an occasional order barked out that raises hackles but causes no real harm), but overall they are seen as a needed and trusted bulwark to law and order.*

Another reason is that law enforcement and criminal justice officials successfully argue…

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