Abolition for the People

When Police Play Soldier, Everybody Loses

The militarization of police departments has only intensified an ongoing cycle of failure and oppression

This pattern is global. American police commanders declare that their officers are so well trained and experienced that they should teach cops elsewhere how to do their jobs. When those cops inevitably falter in a crisis, officials come to believe more aggressive approaches are necessary.

Author of Badges Without Borders: How Global Counterinsurgency Transformed American Policing (University of California Press, 2019)