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Announcement :: Human Rights
Find out why you hate the police!-Event
10 May 2005
OUR ENEMIES IN BLUE author, Kristian Williams, to read at the Lucy Parsons Center
Thursday, May 12th 7:00 pm!
Find out why you hate the police!

OUR ENEMIES IN BLUE author, Kristian Williams, to read at the Lucy Parsons Center
Thursday, May 12th 7:00 pm!

The Lucy Parson Center
549 Columbus Avenue
Boston’s South End

Kristian Williams, author of the new Soft Skull Press release Our Enemies in Blue, tackles the controversial subject of American police violence. Kristian will be presenting the findings of his research and discussing contemporary issues of police accountability on both the national and local level.

Our Enemies in Blue examines the history of police violence from a radical but pragmatic perspective. Written for both the lay reader and for scholars, the book shows that police misconduct isn’t just a matter of “bad apples” but is a function of the very nature of policing in the United States. Kristian Williams explains how modern police forces evolved from slave patrols and protection rackets, critiques “community” policing, explores racism in law enforcement, and suggests strategies for combating police violence. Williams includes a chapter on prison economics, with an emphasis on how police have cooperated with politicians to increase the number of prisons, and offers anecdotes from those who have encountered police brutality while working for social justice.

Our Enemies in Blue provides an overview of police brutality in America, but it digs deeper than most texts on the subject. It not only examines the populations most often subjected to police abuse and the forms that abuse takes, but also delves into the role of police brutality targeting certain segments of society and preserving existing structures of inequality.
Uniting theory and practice, Our Enemies In Blue provides a resource useful to activists, scholars, and citizens concerned about the encroaching police state. It provides a clear view of the police and their activities, a view rooted both in history and in current practice. It also offers practical guidance in terms of activism, public policy, and areas for further study.

"Kristian Williams has given us a very fine book, a well-researched, historically grounded and mordant critique of American policing past and present. With criminal justice playing an ever greater role in the lives of more and more people, reading this book is necessary and useful." - Christian Parenti, author of Lockdown America

"Seldom does one come across a book so right on target as this one. Clearly framed, drawing upon a wealth of data, straightforwardly presented and reaching uncomfortable but nonetheless unassailable conclusions on every point, Our Enemies in Blue is imperative reading for anyone in the least concerned by the implications attending the rampant growth of police power and violence in the United States." - Ward Churchill, author of Perversions of Justice


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who are you protecting?
11 May 2005
People hate the police because the police force is a system of oppression against the poor and against minorities (not just racial, but gender, etc). Law and order, for whose order? Police protect the power of the rich and white. This sounds like a very interesting event- see you there!
P.S.- people also hate police because when the nazis and anarchists/socialists face off in the streets, the police protect the nazis.
Re: Find out why you hate the police!-Event
11 May 2005
While I do agree that police brutality is a major problem and this event looks very educational (I happen to have other plans though on the same day) I do not see the benifit in "hating" the police. If anything it only adds more anger to the situation rather then helps with a constructive solution. Also we must remember the police are individuals just like anyone else. I have run into police officers which were horrible as well as those who I felt were fair and did their jobs honorably. Some may even be sympathetic to the left. Once again I am in no way defending police brutality or unnecessary force but simply saying sometimes it is better not to try and piss them off unnecessarilly.
Re: Find out why you hate the police!-Event
12 May 2005
I dunno, I have been mugged three times in my life. Once by a junkie, and twice by cops. The junkie stole a whole lot less money from me. I have also been beaten up, maced, and kidnapped (arrested without cause) by cops. Fuck them. I would never call them if I had a problem. They're nothing more than a buncha state-sanctioned thugs and criminals.