Critical Issues in Policing
Vitale, A. S. (2017). The end of policing. Verso: London and New York.
Directions: Please fully answer each of the following questions.
I Neoliberal Policing
(a) Detail how Vitale believes that no amount of police intervention will ever stamp out our drug use;
(b) Detail how Vitale discusses the history of America’s discriminatory drug war, corruption, racial impacts, and its negative effects on the right to privacy;
(c) Assess the reforms and alternatives Vitale proposes. In your opinion, what is the most favorable, what is the least favorable?
(d) According to Cooper, how has the War on Drugs expanded police powers?
(e) Discuss Cooper’s positions on the different types of violence proposed by WHO: psychological, physical, sexual, and neglectful violence;
(f) Please also watch “Why We Need to End the War on Drugs”
What have you learned from this YouTube? How does it relate to issues of policing? What major points made by Nadelmann do you agree with? What points do you disagree with? Please explain in detail?
II Common and Control and Beyond Bratton
(a) How is NYPD’s core strategies represent the intense regulation of low-income communities of color as prison-like spaces?
(b) How do Camp and Heatherton define command and control strategies?
(c) How do the authors assess broken windows, and stop, question, frisk?
(d) How does the hands-on governance of poor persons of color and the public space they inhabit extend into the educational system?
(e) How is surveillance another crucial feature in the command and control repertoire?
(a) police violence/police legitimacy;
(b) community policing reborn;
(c) the velvet glove;
(e) devolution and police power;
(f) structure and flow; and,
(g) What conclusions do the authors reach?
III Border Policing
(a) Please discuss the author’s review of the history of the southern United States border and the Border Patrol.
(b) Has border policing always been racialized? Please explain.
(c) When did the current intensification of border policing begin and when was it intensified? Explain. What have been the role of ICE, the failed War on Drugs, and the increase of deportations on this topic?
(d) Assess the reforms and alternatives Vitale proposes. In your opinion, what is the most favorable, what is the least favorable? Please explain.
(a) How and do what degree has the US-Mexico border served as a staging ground for US (para)military aid surveillance strategies at home and abroad?
(b) How do discourses on America’s urban core compare and contrast with those on the southern border?
III Policing and Politics
(a) Does the author think that police have always been political? Explain.
(b) How does the author trace the history of this concept in other nations?
(c) Does the US have a long history of similar abuse? Explain and refer to the Red Scare, the Palmer raids, the FBI, COINTELPRO, “Red Squads,” and the Civil Rights movement.
(d) How does the author discuss Joint Terrorism Task Forces and Fusion Centers?
(e) How does the author discuss “Entrapment?” Provide examples, including the case of Rezwan Ferdaus and the NYPD “Demographics Unit.”
(f) How does the author discuss “Crowd Control?”
(g) Assess the reforms and alternatives Vitale proposes. In your opinion, what is the most favorable, what is the least favorable?
(a) the professionalization of the police and the role of progressives;
(b) the successes and limitations of historical and current reforms;
(c) the effect of Ferguson and the shooting of Michael Brown;
(d) attempts to diversity police forces; and
(e) application of wide variety of reform strategies in current period has its origins in crises of 1960’s.
IV The Crisis of Broken Windows and Common Sense
(a) Broken Windows: View from the Neighborhoods
(b) Broken Windows and Community Policing
(c) Broken Windows Is Not the Panacea
(c) Broken Windows and Good Sense
(a) is broken windows a theory or is it “magical?”
(b) her opinion of William Bratton;
(c) quality-of-life and zero tolerance policing;
(d) the Compstat crime stat tracking program; and
(e) the history and current anti-policing organizing activity