During the Cold War, the US trained cops in more than fifty countries to suppress dissent. This “police professionalization” helped produce death squads in countries like El Salvador and mass incarceration in the United States.
Stuart Schrader is associate director of the Racism, Immigration, and Citizenship (RIC) Program and lecturer at Johns Hopkins University.
Fights over both the Confederate and Rhodesian flags give us a glimpse into the reactionary mind.
The call to demilitarize police overlooks the longstanding link between policing and empire.