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Alex Vitale discusses THE END OF POLICING

January 19, 2018
7:00 pm
East Bay Booksellers

EAST BAY BOOKSELLERS is excited to welcome Alex Vitale to discuss his book The End of Policing on Friday, January 19th at 7pm. 

Recent years have seen an explosion of protest against police  brutality and repression—most dramatically in Ferguson, Missouri, where  longheld grievances erupted in violent demonstrations following the  police killing of Michael Brown. 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. “Broken windows” practices, the  militarization of law enforcement, and the dramatic expansion of the  police’s role over the last forty years have created a mandate for  officers that must be rolled back.

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 reductions in crime, spending, and injustice.  The best solution to bad policing may be an end to policing.


Alex Vitale is  Professor of Sociology at Brooklyn College and coordinator of the  Policing and Social Justice Project there. He has spent the last 25  years writing about policing and consults both police departments and  human rights organizations internationally. He is also a frequent  essayist, whose writings have appeared in the New York Daily News, New York Times, Nation, Gotham Gazette, and New Inquiry.

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