Our Enemies in Blue

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2004-11-01
  • Publisher: Soft Skull Press
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Our Enemies in Blue examines the history of police violence from a radical but pragmatic perspective. Uniting theory and practice, the book provides a resource useful to activists, scholars, and citizens concerned about the encroaching police state. Kristian Williams traces the evolution of modern police forces from slave patrols and protection rackets, critiques "community" policing, explores racism in law enforcement, and suggests strategies for combating police violence. Our Enemies in Blue shows that police misconduct isn't just a matter of "bad apples" but is a function of the very nature of policing in the United States. Book jacket.

Table of Contents

Foreword: Police and Power in America 1(2)
ONE Police Brutality in Theory and Practice 3(26)
TWO The Origins of American Policing 29(32)
THREE The Genesis of a Policed Society 61(26)
FOUR Cops and Klan, Hand in Hand 87(34)
FIVE The Natural Enemy of the Working Class 121(18)
SIX Police Autonomy and Blue Power 139(32)
SEVEN Secret Police, Red Squads, and the Strategy of Permanent Repression 171(34)
EIGHT Riot Police or Police Riots? 205(24)
NINE Your Friendly Neighborhood Police State 229(32)
Afterword Making Police Obsolete 261(16)
Notes 277(62)
Selected Bibliography 339(26)
Index 365

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