Can ‘Defunding’ Solve the U.S. Police Crisis?

A forthcoming paper in the Columbia Law Review argues that calls to disband or defund police agencies should not be dismissed out of hand. The authors argue that reassessing the function of institutions that are failing to live up to their mission “should be routine in a properly functioning democracy.”


Long History of U.S. Racism in Policing Blocks Reforms, Panel Says.

While U.S. housing and education have begun to confront structural bias, the criminal justice system hasn’t, a panel at John Jay College was told Thursday. “You cannot be in this nation and not be aware of the extraordinary toxicity the police and the law do and have always done.” said criminologist David Kennedy.

Nightly Clashes Continue in Portland, Louisville, Chicago

Protesters in Portland, Louisville, and Chicago clashed with police in what have persisted as nightly protests of policing. In Portland, protesters briefly set fire to a police union building. Louisville’s street-clogging caravans in the city’s entertainment district have now been banned, while in Chicago looting and gunfire were reported in the Magnificent Mile shopping district.


An Anti-Racist Vision of Police Accountability

Modeled on restorative justice, an effective process of police accountability should take responsibility for the harm caused by a legacy of racism, writes the executive director of Equal Justice USA. Several U.S. police departments have already put it in practice.