Programs that teach young people how to interact with police are popping up around the country. But they’re often exercises in victim-blaming — shifting the responsibility for avoiding lethal stops from cops to the very civilians they brutalize.
Brian Platt is an aerospace machinist who lives in the Seattle area.
A culture of racism, paranoia, and authoritarianism permeates American police departments. Piecemeal reform won’t be enough.
Don’t ask if the US-Mexican border will be “militarized.” It already is — and it’s taking hundreds of lives a year.
Top-down reforms play at change while leaving the core of American policing intact.
School police embody the school-to-prison pipeline. They have no place in our hallways and classrooms.