Around the world, policing — as an institution — is being challenged. But calls to defund the police will fall short if they do not address the history of policing.
Another world is possible when we defund and reimagine policing as we know it. A review of police budgets could mean more money towards community initiatives.
The provincial government has funding to support non-police safety and well-being initiatives — but 99 per cent of it just supplements police budgets.
Research on excessive use of force by police and the sociological context and psychological characteristics of killer cops point to useful policy measures.
Recording and bearing witness to a Black person's death from police violence is in itself traumatizing.
There is no good police versus bad police. Police are police. They are the states' organ of repression. There are a myriad of better scenarios than the current one.