On Contact: Police Reform

| Resistance Report

On the show this week, Chris Hedges talks to writer, academic and activist Philip McHarris about the latest calls for police reform in the US. McHarris says the entire system of policing has to be unearthed. He argues there is no way to tweak or reform our way out of mass incarceration or the current policing apparatus and the culture of surveillance.  The broader culture of punishment and control is actively harming certain people while also failing to provide public safety. Along the way to remaking the entire system, there are certain steps that can be taken in order to begin dismantling and shifting resources and power. The invest – divest movement is about shifting resources into community needs because we know that is what makes safe and secure communities. If we look around the country, the safest communities have the most resources, not the most police.

  • Edward Winslow

    So-called police are nothing less than the occupation force whose mission is to protect the tiny plutocracy that has hijacked the now illegitimate federal, state and local governments. There is no room to reform what is of zero utility to the working class. The occupation force that is mostly staffed with sadistic and murderous thugs is nothing more than a terrorist organization to control an increasingly restive working class. It must be abolished.

  • NoNameSoSueMe

    But $GOD$ is on their side. /s

  • potshot

    On Contact typically insightful. With a guest’s voice unique and very knowledgeable.

  • Alan MacDonald

    Chris, as you and our founders, framers, and farmers well understood in 1776:

    There can be NO compromise with EMPIRE.

    “Show me what democracy looks like”
    “This ain’t what democracy looks like”
    “This is what EMPIRE looks like”

  • NoNameSoSueMe

    The key is debt: https://michael-hudson.com/2020/06/remarks-from-the-systematic-crises-triggered-the-current-pandemic-progressive-way-outs-teleconference/ To change this civilization, we have to get rid of private banking, and make it a public service.