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

  • soph

    (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...

  • 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!...

  • Charlotte

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

  • Joy Messinger

    Who Do You Serve, Who Do You Protect? is an excellent primer for those who are new to learning about police violence and abolition and also has something to offer for those who have been working in th...

  • Alan Mills

    Short version: great book. Longer version: stay tuned. ...

  • Joe

    Just one man's opinion but I think this came out pretty well....