A Critical History of the Police: A Study Group at the Base (starts 9/10@5pm)

Join The Base in Bushwick for a study group on the history of policing.

This group will investigate the origins, development, and contemporary manifestations of the idea of “policing.” With a global context, the group will focus on the role that police play in NYC, which has the largest police force in the US. The course is a critical history – “critical” no meaning “negative,” but rather seeking to understand “what lies beneath” — seeking to understand not just what has happened, but why.

  • Among the questions the group will seek to answer are:
  • When, where and why did policing in its modern sense begin?
  • What do police do? How do they spend their time?
  • Who are the police? Who becomes a police officer and why?
  • What are the different types of police that exist today?
  • What is the role of the police in times of social crisis?
  • In what ways are the activities of police connected to broader developments in our politics, economy, and society?
  • What are some potential futures for policing and how can we evaluate them?

The first group meeting is at 5pm on Tuesday, September 10 at The Base – 113 Stockholm Street, Brooklyn
Contact randy_s@riseup.net for more information
Here is the full flyer: lA Critical History of the Police.

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