Right-wingers and “moderates” are gaslighting the country.

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I’ve been studying crime for almost two decades now and there’s one thing that I’m very familiar with: people lying about crime.

I thought about hedging that and considering the possibility that they’re just misinformed, but at this point, the amount of energy it must take to remain misinformed kind of rules that out.

Zaid Jilani recently wrote a piece for The Atlantic titled, “Progressive Denial Won’t Stop Violent Crime”. According to Jilani, progressives are turning a blind eye to horrific violence and it isn’t progressive (or hysterical) to say so. …

Seriously… y’all like this stuff?

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Hi there, I’m a straight white male. I’m very comfortable with my body and with my sexual orientation. I have absolutely zero issues with my physical being and with my sexual desires. With that being said… I cannot for the life of me figure out what the deal is with gender.

I don’t think I’m non-binary. I looked into some ideas about being anti-gender and then saw that they were chock full of transphobia, which is horrific. The best I can come up with is that maybe I am agender in a similar way that I am atheist? Or maybe…

Is this even possible?

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In the summer of 2020, when protests against the police were peaking, a Gallup poll was released that showed 94% of individuals supported changes made to policing. (58% supported major changes, 36% supported minor changes.) This number has presumably gone down over the past year, but it’s fair to say that a strong majority of Americans want updates and improvements to how our police function in this country.

For some people, they want to wipe the slate clean and start fresh with an entirely new system of public safety. Some people want to reduce the number of police-citizen interactions by…

Unless your goal is more white supremacy… in which case, yeah, police reform is great.

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There is a major disconnect going on in the national conversation around policing. That disconnect is the role of the police in society. News publications report on policing as though the goal of the police was to improve public safety. Academics focus on evidence-based policing practices that would improve public safety. Software developers create programs for police departments to use to improve public safety. Politicians (and voters) call for police reform to improve public safety.

The problem is that the goal of the police is not to improve public safety. Their goal is to maintain social hierarchies. When the police…

This isn’t what justice looks like.

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Derek Chauvin was sentenced to 22.5 years in prison for the murder of George Floyd. In a lot of ways, this is a very positive step in correcting the problems of policing in this country. It’s incredibly rare for officers to get these kinds of sentences; it wouldn’t have been out of the ordinary for Chauvin to have received a much lighter sentence (or to have not been found guilty at all). We’re finally seeing a case where an officer is truly being held accountable for a serious crime that they committed while wearing a uniform. …

The pro-police crowd is really anti-officer.

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If you’re reading this, you probably know who Breonna Taylor was. Briefly, she was a young woman who was killed by police in a horrifically botched attempt to serve a warrant related to a non-violent drug offense. No officer was charged for her death.

Breonna Taylor is yet another victim of a toxic police system that poses a very real threat to civilians in this country. But something else happened the night she was killed that showcases another threat — this one to police officers.

Kenneth Walker was Taylor’s boyfriend and was there when the police broke down the door…

Some of you may die, but that’s a risk they’re willing to take.

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Texas Governor Greg Abbot has promised to sign a bill that makes it incredibly difficult for large cities to reduce funding to police departments. The bill affects cities with over 250,000 residents, and states that any reduction in funding must first go through a municipal election. Additionally, cities cannot reduce the number of officers that the city is allowed to employ.

I spent a few minutes trying to think of some clever loopholes around the bill (e.g. a hiring freeze, but only for police officers), but I quickly realized that wasn’t helpful or interesting. …

Why abolishing the police got brought up in the first place.

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It wouldn’t have been too long ago that the idea of abolishing the police would have seemed completely ridiculous to me. Even defunding the police wouldn’t have made sense in my head. We need the police, right? They keep us safe.

The abolition movement toward policing has two big problems, which are both fairly common to radical ideas. First, no matter how good of an idea it is, it runs directly into a wall of deeply ingrained beliefs of tens of millions of Americans. How many of us have grown up thinking that the police were de facto good? How…

Community-based solutions for crime.

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Most conversations around defunding the police will inevitably produce someone saying that without cops, violent crime will overwhelm everything. But, as it turns out, there are lots of ways to control violence that don’t involve the police. Here, I’m taking a look at a program that is designed to interrupt violence before it begins.

Before I get going, I want to make something very clear. Activists who are calling for defunding or even abolishing the police are not saying they want a lawless, Mad Max-style of living. We’re saying that there are better (i.e. …

A traffic safety example.

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We’re in the middle of a national conversation about policing, and there are a lot of calls to defund or abolish the traditional police model altogether. This raises some important questions, especially around how we can maintain public safety. Luckily, there are many examples from around the world that we can look to. If properly implemented, we could have greater safety and security than ever before.

I want to look at a few different examples that focus on specific issues of public safety. For this article, I’m going to be talking about a traffic safety program called Vision Zero that…

Davin Hall

Formerly a law enforcement data analyst. Currently testing the notion of whether quitting your job to follow your dream is really a good idea. Twitter: @geogeng

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