As discriminatory policing has been observed tremendously this year with the death of George Floyd and many others, America has only experienced 12 days in 2020 where police have not caused a fatality. Websites dedicated to mapping police violence across each state, internet forums sharing strategic insight against police, and students coming together to discuss experiences with police in the educational system have emerged in affinity with the Black Lives Matter movement this year.
Defunding the police is a hot topic of discussion; many are signing petitions and holding protests to combat additional funding heading into police departments. Examples of great protest demonstrations were held by Yale University and University of Chicago students to abolish campus police.
The idea of public safety always comes first, but when police become the problem factor, how can non-violent situations be handled without police intervention. California State University Los Angeles(CSULA) students have come together to create a platform through instagram to discuss these issues with a virtual Q&A with professors from CSULA and Co-Founder of the Los Angeles chapter Black Lives Matter.
“If you read our campus description of the care team, each instance that it talks about is all centered around the police. The police are a major function in this, so if a student is having a mental health crisis it says call the police, if a student is disruptive in a class the person you’re told to call is the police. So it’s not anything about helping students it’s about maintaining order and using the police to do that. I think it’s important we recognise this and think about what can we bring to bare that actually are about supporting students”, says Dr. Anthony Radcliff, a Pan-African Studies teacher with California State University of Los Angeles and a critical Hip Hop educator(with a Ph.D in African American Studies).
The idea of abolition is a constructive process, to reimagine and create alternatives to policing and the incarceration system will help progression for community-based organizations to help reduce the need for police interaction.
Many tools to help organize against police injustice can be found here and links to the most recent events and topics of police abolishment at https://www.themarshallproject.org/records/3382-police-abolition.