Police State/Civil Liberties

Minneapolis disbands police department, author explains what it really means

This doesn’t really sound like “defunding police” at all. It sounds like merely shifting some of the resources used for municipal policing to social services, and perhaps easing on the enforcement end on some things.  Basically, the European model. In other words, very mild reformism (at best). And it only seems to apply on the local level and, presumably, only in poor and minority communities.

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  1. This is a huge issue nationwide: the movement being co-opted by liberal/democratic forces. Essentially what has happened is the movement is being forked. There are heavy government resources being thrown at promoting and organizing “peaceful protests” that are more palatable to the middle class and the rich. These protests make piecemeal demands through city councilmen/women (usually of color) and others who do not experience the every day violence of the police state. They promote these sort of elements so that they can point to protests and demonstrations that threaten the system and say “those over there are the violent people who we all hate.” Except if you go to the more violent, confrontational protests you’ll find just the people who are shot and assaulted every day by the cops: poor people, usually of color but sometimes not. What we have is a full on peaceful co-opt of the movement that started with burning down a police precinct.

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