Public Writing

What is Policing For?

BLOG OF THE APA, July 2020

In the weeks since police officers killed George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, mass uprisings—and a violent, uncompromising response from police departments across the country—have provoked a national conversation about the role of policing in the United States. We have had such conversations before, but something in this conversation is importantly new. This time, calls to defund and abolish the police have found their way into the mainstream. And the question “What is policing for?” lies at the heart of the abolitionist movement. [Keep reading…]