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Stop Kidding Yourself: The Police Were Created to Control Working Class and Poor People

Sam Mitrani LAWCHA, Labor and Working Class History Association
The liberal way of viewing the problem rests on a misunderstanding of the origins of the police and what they were created to do. The police were not created to protect and serve the population. They were not created to stop crime, at least not as most people understand it. They were not created to promote justice. They were created to protect the form of wage-labor capitalism that emerged in the mid to late nineteenth century from the threat posed by the working class.
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