We Don’t Need Police In Our Neighborhoods. Here’s How You Can Stay Safe Without Them

byTracey Onyenacho

| August 23 2019, 8:46 pm

There is an idea that pub­lic safe­ty can­not exist with­out the pres­ence of police and law enforce­ment; how­ev­er, the his­to­ry of polic­ing will show a dif­fer­ent sto­ry. The con­cept of police offi­cers was estab­lished by Europeans who immi­grat­ed to Turtle Island (lat­er known as the United States). Federal law enact­ed these white peo­ple as vig­i­lantes who were required to report, catch and pun­ish any enslaved peo­ple who ran away from plan­ta­tions dur­ing slav­ery. As police forces became more estab­lished, offi­cers includ­ed prop­er­ty crimes into their reper­toire, where “prop­er­ty” includ­ed enslaved peo­ple. Even after the abo­li­tion of slav­ery, Black peo­ple were policed by fed­er­al and state laws that restrict­ed both their move­ment and rest. With pri­vate police forces pro­tect­ing cor­po­ra­tions and landown­ers from work­ers’ revolts and prospec­tive Black renters, harsh polic­ing was always forced onto the every­day lives of Black peo­ple.

Historically speak­ing, police have actu­al­ly brought in more vio­lence because they were orig­i­nal­ly intend­ed to be an enforce­ment of racist laws and prac­tices. According to Mapping Police Violence, there were only 23 days in 2018 where peo­ple in the United States were not killed by police. Black peo­ple made up 25% of those killed, even though they make up only 13% of the U.S. pop­u­la­tion. In today’s world, com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers know their neigh­bors and neigh­bor­hoods bet­ter than law enforce­ment, and recent­ly, there have been more instances of neigh­bors band­ing togeth­er to take care of each oth­er in the face of police vio­lence. For exam­ple, when ICE start­ed raids to deport undoc­u­ment­ed folks, there were reports of neigh­bors phys­i­cal­ly block­ing entrances to pre­vent ICE offi­cers from enter­ing. After the resis­tance, offi­cers had no choice but to dri­ve off with­out cap­ture.
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