The ‘Post-Policing Era’ in America: How Will We Cope?

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The argument about who is “pro-police” and who isn’t is a feature of this year’s presidential election. That avoids the genuinely serious issues facing the nation—and the need to make choices about the kind of policing we want.
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9 thoughts on “The ‘Post-Policing Era’ in America: How Will We Cope?

  1. Too much focus on “the community” (whatever that really means) and not enough on “the individual” (where everything emanates from – the good, the bad and the ugly). Vaguely defined problems get vague answers. The problem laid out in this article was way too broad and way too vague as a result. We need to narrow our focus in order to effectuate change. You can’t change “a community,” but you can change “an individual” who inhabits that community. You cannot change “a police department,” but you can change individual officers within that police department. There is a way to be an effective change agent, and that is what we must teach our police officers. It can be done, but leaders in charge have to be committed to doing it.

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  2. Excellent article. Professor O’Donnell depicts a future without policing as we know it — perhaps supplanted by drones and artificial intelligence doing some types of enforcement work. One can only imagine the legal issues that will be raised by such a scenario. Unfortunately, while stimulating thought, the article does little to suggest how to solve the problems now facing the justice system.

  3. I thought this article was all over the map and a bit of an intellectual mess. Much of it was silly, like the Clinton jab. And it’s a ridiculous lie to claim that the “idea that the police are no longer needed has become a mainstay, amongst many elites “Good to learn that average Americans don’t care about “fairness” or “equity.” Geez!

  4. Excellent article! I was hoping that much of what Professor O’Donnell discusses in his article would pass with no impact on policing. Unfortunately, it appears that the artificial call for change may have a substantial negative impact on the future of policing.

  5. It’s too early to tell if this is the dawn of anything. Government will always be involved in maintaining order, and thus fallible human beings at the controls.

  6. The problem is the drug war.

    Every major issue and many of the minor issues that Police and the Public are having with each other stem from the Drug War.

    End the Drug War.

    Become Police again.

    Stop creating criminals and solve real crimes.

    Cops love the Drug War.

    Cop apologists love whatever Cops love.

    A majority of Americans absolutely abhor the Drug War.

    End the Drug War and Law Enforcement becomes a much less dangerous job. Even now, Law Enforcement is not one of the most dangerous jobs in America. Not even Top 10. Yet, if one listens to the Law Enforcers and their constant whining and “fearing for the lives,” one would think America was a combat zone much like Syria.

    End the freakin’ Drug War!

  7. Community policing is only “ill defined and amorphous” to unimaginative individuals like the author who are incapable of thinking outside the box and resort to penning hysterical jeremiads like this article. I invite all to consider the progress the Albany NY Police Department has made over the past seven years in realizing true and workable community policing.

  8. I highly recommend the book written by another John Jay professor, Don’t shoot : one man, a street fellowship, and the end of violence in inner-city America, by David M. Kennedy

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