On the Nature of Police
Publisher: Counter Punch
Date Written: 21/12/2016
Year Published: 2016
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX20215
Having a group of reluctant citizens charged with the enormous responsibility that came with being a cop was preferable.
Years ago, in an attempt to ascertain the class's general views of the "problem of law enforcement" (reflected in police brutality, racism, sexism, "Gestapo tactics," et al), a philosophy professor posed a wildly hypothetical but provocative question.
She asked the class to consider what the result would be if the municipal police force of a major city were replaced en masse by (1) geniuses, or (2) rich people, or (3) citizens whose names were randomly chosen from a list of registered voters.