Verso Books is currently offering free e-book downloads (asking for donations if possible) of two books in the wake of the murder of George Floyd 10 days ago.
Alex Vitale’s book, The End of Policing: “The problem is not police training, police diversity, or police methods. The problem is the dramatic and unprecedented expansion and intensity of policing in the last forty years, a fundamental shift in the role of police in society. The problem is policing itself.”
David Correia and Tyler Wall’s book, Police, A Field Guide “is an illustrated handbook to the methods, mythologies, and history that animate today’s police. It is a survival manual for encounters with cops and police logic, whether it arrives in the shape of officer friendly, Tasers, curfews, non-compliance, or reformist discourses about so-called bad apples. In a series of short chapters, each focusing on a single term, such as the beat, order, badge, throw-down weapon, and much more, authors David Correia and Tyler Wall present a guide that reinvents and demystifies the language of policing in order to better prepare activists—and anyone with an open mind—on one of the key issues of our time: police brutality. In doing so, they begin to chart a future free of this violence—and of police.
La Jicarita will be publishing a guest article in the next few days about the history of the Albuquerque Police Department, its abysmal record of violence against people of color and the mentally ill, and what we can do about it. Stay tuned.