2020 applicants
Event

The End of Policing

An open seminar by Professor Alex Vitale from Brooklyn College

  • Thu 22 Oct 20

    16:00 - 17:00

  • Online

    zoom

  • Event speaker

    Professor Alex Vitale

  • Event type

    Lectures, talks and seminars
    Centre for Criminology

  • Event organiser

    Sociology, Department of

  • Contact details

    Dr Anna Di Ronco

Join the Centre for Criminology for an insightful online seminar with Professor Alex Vitale.

Alex Vitale is Professor of Sociology and Coordinator of the Policing and Social Justice Project at  Brooklyn College and a Visiting Professor at London Southbank University. He has spent the last 30 years writing about policing and consults both police departments and human rights organizations internationally. Prof. Vitale is the author of City of Disorder: How the Quality of Life Campaign Transformed New York Politics and The End of Policing. His academic writings on policing have appeared in Policing and Society, Police Practice and Research, Mobilization, and Contemporary Sociology. He is also a frequent essayist, whose writings have been published in The NY Times, Washington Post, The Guardian, The Nation, Vice News, Fortune, and USA Today. He has also appeared on CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, NPR, PBS, Democracy Now, and The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.

Recent years have seen an explosion of protest against police brutality and repression—most dramatically in Ferguson, Missouri, where longheld grievances erupted in violent demonstrations following the police killing of Michael Brown. Among activists, journalists, and politicians, the conversation about how to respond and improve policing has focused on accountability, diversity, training, and community relations. Unfortunately, these reforms will not produce results, either alone or in combination. The core of the problem must be addressed: the nature of modern policing itself. “Broken windows” practices, the militarisation of law enforcement, and the dramatic expansion of the police’s role over the last forty years have created a mandate for officers that must be rolled back. This book attempts to spark public discussion by revealing the tainted origins of modern policing as a tool of social control. It shows how the expansion of police authority is inconsistent with community empowerment, social justice—even public safety. Drawing on ground breaking research from across the world, and covering virtually every area in the increasingly broad range of police work, Alex Vitale demonstrates how law enforcement has come to exacerbate the very problems it is supposed to solve.

This seminar will be chaired by Dr Kat Hadjimatheou.

This seminar is part of an online open seminar series, hosted by the Centre for Criminology

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The End of Policing