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July Book Club – “The End of Policing” by Alex S. Vitale

July 26, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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Austin Justice Coalition
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The Austin Justice Coalition (AJC) serves people who are historically and systematically impacted by gentrification, segregation, over policing, a lack of educational and employment opportunities, and other institutional forms of racism in Austin.

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This month we’ll discuss “The End of Policing” by Alex S. Vitale and how it relates to AJC’s police advocacy work. Everyone is welcome to join us.

Book description:
“The problem is not over-policing, it is policing itself.”

Recent years have seen an explosion of protest against police brutality and repression. Among activists, journalists and politicians, the conversation about how to respond and improve policing has focused on accountability, diversity, training, and community relations. Unfortunately, these reforms will not produce results, either alone or in combination. The core of the problem must be addressed: the nature of modern policing itself.

This book attempts to spark public discussion by revealing the tainted origins of modern policing as a tool of social control. It shows how the expansion of police authority is inconsistent with community empowerment, social justice— even public safety. Drawing on groundbreaking research from across the world, and covering virtually every area in the increasingly broad range of police work, Alex Vitale demonstrates how law enforcement has come to exacerbate the very problems it is supposed to solve.

In contrast, there are places where the robust implementation of policing alternatives—such as legalization, restorative justice, and harm reduction—has led to a decrease in crime, spending, and injustice. The best solution to bad policing may be an end to policing.”This month we’ll discuss The End of Policing by Alex S. Vitale and how it relates to AJC’s police advocacy work.

Everyone is welcome to join us.