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To Protect And To Serve?

Alex S. Vitale On The Overpolicing Of America

It’s a mistake to think of each episode of police misconduct as an isolated incident that might have gone another way if different officers had been involved. It’s not about individuals. The problem is a political imperative toward overpolicing.

Essays, Memoirs, and True Stories

Cop Diary

Over the past year, more than a hundred people have worn my handcuffs. Not long ago, in a self-defense class, I wore them myself. . . . The catch of the steel teeth as the cuffs tighten is austere and final, and never so much so as when it emanates from the small of your back.

Stolen Time

Blind luck put me on this yard where the men have decided to make good use of the empty time forced upon us by the state. Yard A is downright peaceful, nothing like the prison yards where racist convicts stab and assault people.

Unexpected Things

A notorious buffoon is elected to the highest office in the land. He lies, cheats, connives, and endangers the planet and all its inhabitants. Did anyone expect this?

Fiction

Stories We Tell Now

We’ve all heard there was drinking, that the parents weren’t home, that the house was huge, full of places for disappearing. And when the girl pressed charges a week later, the boy was incredulous, and his parents were ready to put up a fight.

Photography

Old School Boxing

In 2014, during the tense aftermath of the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, Harrison decided the young fighters at the gym needed to get to know police officers, and vice versa. So he began offering free memberships to police in D.C. and Prince George’s County. Now officers often train with ex-cons and troubled youths at Old School.

Readers Write

Endurance

A commercial fisherman, a difficult pregnancy, a widowed father

Personal Stories By Our Readers ▸
One Nation, Indivisible

September 2019

Featuring Michelle Alexander, Christian Parenti, Paul G. Hawken, and more.

Political Excerpts From Our Archives ▸
The Dog-Eared Page

Feeling Fucked Up

dope death dead dying and jiving drove / her away made her take her laughter and her smiles / and her softness and her midnight sighs⁠—

A Classic from the Bookshelf ▸
Quotations

Sunbeams

There is far too much law for those who can afford it and far too little for those who cannot.

Derek Bok

More Quotations ▸
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