The police are not here to protect you

Vitale, Alex

Publisher:  Red Pepper
Date Written:  17/10/2017
Year Published:  2017  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX21562

It is a liberal fantasy that policing exist to protect us from the bad guys, rather it serves more to manage and suppress those on the losing end of economic and political arrangements.


Excerpt: The police exist to keep us safe – or so we are told by mainstream media and popular culture. TV shows exaggerate the amount of serious crime and the nature of what most police officers actually do all day. Crime control is a small part of policing, and it always has been.

Arrests for serious crimes are a rarity for uniformed officers, with most making no more than one a year. When a patrol officer actually apprehends a violent criminal in the act, it is a major moment in their career.

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