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The City That Remade Its Police Department

The only kind of “police reform” I’m interested in is the kind that involves fewer laws, fewer arrests, fewer prosecutions, and fewer incarcerations. And it’s not just about “bad apples,” either. A lot of the supposed “good apples” (the ones who are in technical compliance with the “law”) are just as shitty as the “bad apples.” In fact, some of the “bad apples” are often preferable.

By Sarah Holder


Across the U.S., protesters have taken to the streets to express rage after the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin. The demonstrations themselves have led to more police shows of force. In Brooklyn, two cops rammed their New York City Police Department SUVs into a crowd of protesters. In Philadelphia, officers sprayed tear gas at demonstrators who were penned in between a highway and a fence.

But across the Delaware River from Philadelphia in Camden, N.J. (population 74,000), officers left the riot gear at home and brought an ice cream truck to a march on May 30. The police department’s chief, Joseph Wysocki, who is white, brandished a “Standing in Solidarity” poster alongside residents holding “Black Lives Matter” signs.


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