Across the United States, police are shielded from both public and departmental accountability by multiple layers of contractual and legislative protections.
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.
Iraq, Guatemala and the autonomous region of Bougainville have all tried to demilitarise their police forces – with varying degrees of success.
Research on excessive use of force by police and the sociological context and psychological characteristics of killer cops point to useful policy measures.
The call to defund the police forces us to reconsider our priorities: more police and prisons or investments in social housing, mental health services, domestic violence and family support programs?