Who Do You Serve, Who Do You Protect? Police Violence and Resistance in the United States

Who Do You Serve, Who Do You Protect? Police Violence and Resistance in the United States

What is the reality of policing in the United States? Do the police keep anyone safe and secure other than the very wealthy? How do recent police killings of young black people in the United States fit into the historical and global context of anti-blackness?

This collection of reports and essays (the first collaboration between Truthout and Haymarket Books) explores police violence against black, brown, indigenous and other marginalized communities, miscarriages of justice, and failures of token accountability and reform measures. It also makes a compelling and provocative argument against calling the police.

Contributions cover a broad range of issues including the killing by police of black men and women, police violence against Latino and indigenous communities, law enforcement's treatment of pregnant people and those with mental illness, and the impact of racist police violence on parenting, as well as specific stories such as a Detroit police conspiracy to slap murder convictions on young black men using police informant and the failure of Chicago's much-touted Independent Police Review Authority, the body supposedly responsible for investigating police misconduct. The title Who Do You Serve, Who Do You Protect? is no mere provocation: the book also explores alternatives for keeping communities safe.

Contributors include William C. Anderson, Candice Bernd, Aaron Cantú, Thandi Chimurenga, Ejeris Dixon, Adam Hudson, Victoria Law, Mike Ludwig, Sarah Macaraeg, and Roberto Rodriguez.


Title:Who Do You Serve, Who Do You Protect? Police Violence and Resistance in the United States
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781608466122
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    Who Do You Serve, Who Do You Protect? Police Violence and Resistance in the United States Reviews

  • sj

    (havent read this yet) this is free to download from https://www.haymarketbooks.org/books/... until the 5th june btw !!...

  • J.P.

    Great book! It's an anthology of essays by various writers and activists that addresses many issues that they fight for. Police brutality is the obvious issue, but also, what does it mean to be free, ...

  • Rachel

    This book gave me a lot to think about. "Challenging the police as an institution must involve asking big and unsettling questions. What does being safe mean? How many of our society's assumptions abo...

  • Linda

    necessary reading...

  • bookish_nessie

    Recommend! Insightful, food for thought."If Black life is something that people care about, all Black life should be deemed worthy of concern, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, religion, confi...

  • Joe Xtarr

    This is a great collection of writing, from multiple authors, that delivers a very concise introduction to our current policing system in the US. It's a perfect mix of data and personal experience. Th...

  • Sarah Ames-Foley

    PSA: The ebook version is currently FREE on the publisher's website!...

  • Annika (whatannikareads)

    4.5/5!Very informative read. I liked the diversity of the different essays in this anthology. I think it touched upon very different aspects of police brutality and violence in many communities. I als...

  • Charlotte

    I especially liked the second half that explored alternatives to policing, and had a chapter on forging allyship between Black and Indigenous people. ...

  • Maddie McBlain

    A really excellent collection of pieces by community organizers who have been doing work to advance healthier + safer + more just alternatives to policing, since way before it was trendy. It was reall...