On the Nature of Police

Macaray, David

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.

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