The "Fundamentalism" in Police Operations

Martinot, Steve

Publisher:  Counter Punch
Date Written:  15/07/2016
Year Published:  2016  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX19723

As police murders accumulate, and police chiefs get fired and replaced because they cannot stop it (as in Oakland and San Francisco), the notion that this represents a political crisis becomes a truism. It is not a "crisis of policing," which would suggest a situation beyond the capacities of the police. It is the police who have become the crisis. In Oakland, on July 7, 2016, 5000 people came to demonstrate on one day's notice against the two police killings that had occur the previous two days out of a profound awareness of the malignity afoot – and they shut down the Interstate. The magnitude of this crisis is represented by its insidious repetitiveness.

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