“Part of our misunderstanding about the nature of policing is we keep imagining that we can turn police into social workers. That we can make them nice, friendly community outreach workers. But police are violence workers. That’s what distinguishes them from all other government functions. … They have the legal capacity to use violence in situations where the average citizen would be arrested.”
Society needs violence workers. To argue against that is basically to argue a utopian dream.
Perhaps We need more community workers. People who work along side or in concert with police to step in at the Appropriate moments.
I mean; would we really want a kinder softer military?
Also with police.