Policing The Planet


London Review Bookshop

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When did perception of police power switch from that of protection, to that of fear, corruption and unjust murdering? This notion is indeed more prominent in the US, but it surely is making its way over to the UK, as the Black Lives Matter movement advances to take deeper roots in our current understanding of ‘legal injustices’.

Keeping up with its usual poignant publications, Verso publisher’s recent title, Policing the Planet: Why the Policing Crisis Led to Black Lives Matter, edited by Jordan T. Camp and Christina Heatherton comes at an extremely important time. The book is a conglomerate of first hand accounts from activists, to research from scholars and academics as well as reflections from artists and individuals. By threading together one narrative from many different voices, the editors Jordan and Christina wish to draw a picture that is not singular, but multiple instead. Reflecting the many lives and the plethora of affected points the rising issues of police power intersect.

Policing the Planet: Why the Policing Crisis Led to Black Lives Matter traces the global spread of the 'broken-windows policing' strategy, first established in New York City under Police Commissioner William Bratton in 1982. The theory states that maintaining and monitoring urban environments to prevent small crimes such as vandalism, public drinking, and toll-jumping helps to create an atmosphere of order and lawfulness, thereby preventing more serious crimes from happening. It's a theoretical policy that has vastly broadened police power the world over - to deadly effects.

London Review Bookshop will host a discussion led by the book’s editors alongside invited guests who will examine the rise of Black Lives Matter, issues surrounding race and police and affective strategies of resistance.