On the other hand this stuff makes no sense at all:
> “To abolish police we need serious affordable housing. We need food programs,” he said.
So people with homes and food don't commit crimes? That's contrary to my experience. And a call to abolish the police is just a call for the return of warlords, where the most belligerent and violent thugs make the rules. For all the problems we've got, that's not a step forward.
This position isn't advanced anywhere in the article, and certainly not by the excerpt you quoted.
Food/shelter/inequality all drive that wedge and the sooner we bring things back to a balance the sooner we can work to fix our systemic problems.
So, you mean exactly like right now?
Don't you think a crew of people that know how to manage mental health crisis will do much better than police officer to manage mental health crisis?
In other words, non-violent (or incidences that for sure won't involve the use of physical or deadly force) can go to somebody besides the police. It's a great idea, and I bet police officers would love this as well.
> “Policing has always been about keeping down marginalized people, from its origins, and that has included Black folks and other folks not considered ‘white’ and poor people,” Bliss said. “You cant have racial justice without economic justice.”
This is an extremely reductive and strange quote to me. If you really believe this, I suggest you do a ride-along with a police officer someday. Spend a few hours with them. You'll find out first hand what they are asked to do.
It's possible the police behave differently when they have someone there to observe them than when they don't.
You might be surprised at the types of calls they respond to. We ask police to crawl through the sewers of our society and then complain that they smell like crap.
This isn't pure speculation - a study by Rialto PD showed use of body worn cameras reduced use-of-force incidents by 59%