Making Police Obsolete By Kristian Williams

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In the Text reading Our Enemies in Blue: Police and Power in America. Afterword “Making Police Obsolete” author, Kristian Williams, did research on cases of Policing in the United States and overseas, where he says social movements responded to police brutality and abuse by taking on the responsibility of public safety in their community. Williams looked at examples of policing from the labor movement, the civil rights movement, Black Panthers, gang truces, and feminism in the US, and from the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa as well as the independence movement in Northern Ireland.
Williams found as whole many countries outside of the United States adopted a more restorative or transformative model of justice, rather than the retributive
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Popular justice in South Africa initially consisted of patriarchal community courts of the elder statesmen of a community or Peoples Courts, that over time evolved into New Street Committee’s (385) that included young people and women. Africa’s “New Street committee’s members were elected in public meetings and were responsible for preserving order and resolving disputes in their community. e.g., Williams says Street committees sometimes relied on brutal physical punishment; however, he says street committee’s mostly preferred restorative justice over retributive justice as a means of healing and putting things right with non-violent petty criminals as a means of preserving their community. Williams says street communities outside of police intervention settle community grievances from minor criminal cases such as theft to grievances against employers, creditors and merchants” Williams says a third of South African going before “Street Committees” were satisfied with the Street committee's decisions. Williams says “post-Apartheid street committees still exist in poor communities of South …show more content…
Williams says minor cases of and neighborhood disputes were not handled retributively, but retributively as disputes and petty criminal matter were settled through restitution or community service and serious crimes were handled by the IRA.
Williams, research found there isn't one single model that works. However, he feels a tailored combination of the elements of several models combined may prove useful. Williams, assets it is possible for U.S. Police Departments, the State, and Local Government to derive some basic guidelines and principles from looking at several restorative or transformative models outside of the United States. Specifically, models that show success aside from the retributive or the punitive model of the United States, which has led to a Police State and the Mass Incarceration of Brown and Black U.S. Citizens.
Williams says, “while none of the restorative or transformative models of justice from other countries are perfect, and we cannot live without the police. The possibilities restorative and transformative models, Street and Communities Defense Councils offer, are very hopeful. Thus, a different Society limiting Police intervention is possible

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