Source: To the Point

Police Repression and Police Reform

For the past year, videos of police shootings have saturated the media, giving urgency to calls for police reform — especially in poor, black neighborhoods. But what does “reform” mean in practice? For example, is so called “broken windows” a form of community policing or an excuse for racial profiling? After decades of racism and brutality, Los Angeles has been called a model for police reform, but now it’s embroiled in a familiar controversy. Is it time to look beyond the police force and deal with social and economic issues that cops will never be able to resolve?


  • Joe Domanick, John Jay College of Criminal Justice 
  • Edward Flynn, Milwaukee Police Department (@MilwaukeePolice) 
  • Janai Nelson, NAACP Legal Defense Fund (@JNelsonLDF) 
  • George Kelling, Manhattan Institute for Policy Research (@gkelling)

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