Defund the Police – A Reading List

Find below articles and books related to policing, put together by the UB School of Law


A. Some Context

The History Of Police In Creating Social Order In The U.S.

[Listen here]


George Floyd: Five pieces of context to understand the protests

[Read here]


Police the Public, or Protect It? For a U.S. in Crisis, Hard Lessons From Other Countries

[Read here]


B. Defund… Abolition

Movement 4 Black Lives, “Invest-Divest,”

[Read here]


Defund Police/Defend Black Lives

[Read here]


How Much Do We Need The Police?

[Read here]


The Only Solution Is to Defund the Police

[Read here]


Police “Reforms” You Should Always Oppose

[Read here]


Critical Resistance – “Reformist reforms vs. abolitionist steps in policing”

[Read here]


We Won’t Stop Until We Dismantle the Whole Racist System

[Read here]


Bill de Blasio Has Failed the Test of This Moment

[Read here]


What’s Wrong with Police Unions?

[Read here]


C. Reformist Plans and Ideas

Draft Democratic proposal seeks big changes to policing

[Read here]


Campaign Zero

https://www.joincampaignzero.org/


II. BOOKS/REPORTS:

Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness (January 2020)

Angela J. Davis, Bryan Stevenson, et al, Policing the Black Man: Arrest, Prosecution, and Imprisonment (2018)

Andrea Ritchie, Invisible No More: Police Violence against Black Women and Women of Color(2017)

Danielle Sered, Until We Reckon: Violence, Mass Incarceration, and a Road to Repair (2019)

Alex S. Vitale, The End of Policing (2017)

Implementation Guide for President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, at https://noblenational.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/President-Barack-Obama-Task-Force-on-21st-Century-Policing-Implementation-Guide.pdf