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Police Departments Spend Vast Sums of Money Creating ‘Copaganda’

Alec Karakatsanis Jacobin
U.S. police departments spend tens of millions of dollars every year to manipulate the news, flooding the discourse with “copaganda.” These aggressive tactics give the public a distorted view of what public safety means, what threatens it, and how to solve it.

Uvalde Reveals Hollywood’s Deeply Flawed Take On the Police

Jesse Williams and Judith Browne Dianis Newsweek
The police in Uvalde have acted like they are untouchable and their actions unquestionable. Why? Because they are. But TV shows, movies, and media have persuaded us to believe that cops can do no wrong.

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The Batman’s Privilege Problem

Joe George The Progressive
A departure from the Caped Crusader’s elitism, the latest adaptation of the DC comic addresses class disparities in Gotham.

What Noir Films Taught Us About Police

Joe George The Progressive Magazine
Before copaganda became widely televised in shows like “Law & Order,” police were more accurately portrayed as abusers of power.

After Amir Locke Killing, Is Police Reform Even the Solution?

Ernest Owens Rolling Stone
The definition of insanity is repeating the same act and expecting a different result. Right now, continuing the failed efforts to “fix” policing in America feels insane, what’s needed is radical and systemic change

We Urgently Need a Transformative Approach to Public Safety

Dr. Melina Abdullah Medium
Black Lives Matter demands we upend it and dare to imagine and build new systems that invest deeply in resources: like youth programs, good jobs, mental healthcare, housing…resources that actually make our communities safe.

Meet the Detroit Socialist Running to Rein in the Police

Interview by Courtney Smith Jacobin
Landis Spencer is a socialist running for the civilian board that oversees the Detroit Police Department. His goal: to curb police power and shift public money to poor and working-class residents.
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