A People’s History of Police in the United States: Part 1

By Ryan Cook
To better understand modern policing in the United States, it’s important to trace its historical roots and the social and economic conditions that shaped it over time. While much has changed, much remains remarkably similar. Since the early days of settler-colonialism, organized patrols have been used in various ways to enforce “law and order” on behalf of the ruling class. This has been met with varying degrees of support and resistance. Continue reading A People’s History of Police in the United States: Part 1