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Policing the Planet: Why the Policing Crisis Led to Black Lives Matter, edited by Jordan T. Camp and Christina Heatherton, traces the global spread of the broken-windows policing strategy through firsthand accounts from activists, analysis from scholars and reflections from artists.
Barbara Ransby, activist and author of Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement, calls it, "a brilliant and provocative collection of voices that compels us to see the Black Lives Matter Movement in the larger context of twenty-first-century racial capitalism and the growing carceral state.”
See below for a round up of excerpts and interviews from the book.
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Policing the Planet: On The Daily Life of Policing
Broken windows policing operates as a doctrine to broaden the capacities of the police and regulate the lives of the racialized poor and the working class. For the last two decades, it has been successfully exported from New York to cities across the globe, to Baltimore, Los Angeles, London, San Juan, and San Salvador. The introduction to Policing the Planet explains how broken windows policing is linked to the policing of the planet — the struggle against racism, militarism, and capital.
"People aren't signs of disorder" Christina Heatherton and Jordan T. Camp on policing and premature death
Last month protests spilled out across the U.S. in response to the police murders of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota. Christina Heatherton and Jordan T. Camp, editors of Policing the Planet, spoke with "Unauthorized Disclosure" hosts Rania Khalek and Kevin Gosztola and discussed how incidents of police brutality relate to the everyday life of policing. Far from a race neutral response to criminality, as Camp says, policing functions as "an instrument of state violence and terror."
“We’re moving towards a police force that is increasingly armed” — Arun Kundnani on policing practice in the UK
"Historically, only a small number of police officers have been armed in Britain but we’re moving towards a police force that is increasingly armed... The uprising and grassroots response to Mark Duggan’s death sprang from people’s repeated experience of racist violence from the police" — Arun Kundnani
In this interview, Jordan T. Camp and Christina Heatherton speak to Arun Kundnani about the killing of Mark Duggan and the export of US policing practices to the UK, the aggressive racialized surveillance of Muslims in the UK and US, and the need to fight against policing and surveillance as part of a larger struggle against racial capitalism.
Broken Windows at Blue’s: A Queer History of Gentrification and Policing by Christina B. Hanhardt
On September 29, 1982, over thirty New York City police officers raided Blue’s, a bar in Manhattan’s Times Square. The following year, activist James Credle testified at congressional hearings on police misconduct, describing the brutal beatings of the Black and Latino gay men and trans people who made up the bar’s main clientele. The event galvanized lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) activists for whom police violence was a primary concern. Although one mention of a rally made it into the New York Times, Credle noted in his testimony that the incident itself had been ignored by major media outlets, an insult certainly made worse by the fact that the bar sat across the street from the Times’ own headquarters.
Five Book Plan: Broken Windows Policing
Christina Heatherton and Jordan T. Camp are the editors of Policing the Planet: Why the Policing Crisis Led to Black Lives Matter, a new collection of writing against broken windows policing and its global spread by activists, scholars, and artists. In this new Five Book Plan, Christina and Jordan present their top five books on broken windows policing.
Fighting Broken Windows Policing in New York City in the '90s and '00s: A recent history with Joo-Hyun Kang
Joo-Hyun Kang is the director of Communities United for Police Reform (CPR), a campaign to end discriminatory policing practices in New York, which comprises over sixty organizational members from all five boroughs. This interview with Joo-Hyun Kang is excerpted from Policing the Planet: Why the Policing Crisis Led to Black Lives Matter, edited by Jordan T. Camp and Christina Heatherton.
Cops Against Community: Police Impunity and The Baltimore Uprising by Anjali Kamat
This essay by independent journalist Anjali Kamat is excerpted from Policing the Planet: Why the Policing Crisis Led to Black Lives Matter, edited by Jordan T. Camp and Christina Heatherton.
VIDEO - Between the Lines: Policing the Planet, with Jordan T. Camp, Christina Heatherton, Ruth Wilson Gilmore, Asha Rosa Ransby-Sporn, Arun Kundnani, and Joo-Hyun Kang
On April 26, Jordan T. Camp and Christina Heatherton, editors of Policing the Planet, moderated a discussion at the New York Public Library's Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture between contributors Ruth Wilson Gilmore, Asha Rosa Ransby-Sporn, Arun Kundnani, and Joo-Hyun Kang.
"What do the uprisings of the present moment tell us," Camp asked during his and Heatherton's introduction, "if they are triggered by police violence, but they are more than simply protests against policing?" Watch the video above for the full discussion.
More on policing and black liberation:
From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation with Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor and Donna Murch
Taylor spoke about the Black liberation movement and the current and historical struggles of African Americans against police violence and for equal rights. This event was part of the In Pursuit of Cultural Freedom series and took place at Socialism 2016.
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