The recent budget proposal for the city of Los Angeles has triggered a wave of outrage in social media. Mayor Eric Garcetti wanted to equip the police with more money and the authorities about US $ 1.8 billion (1.6 billion euros) out of a total budget of 5.4 billion US dollars, to assign the highest amount of all departments. For comparison: The Department of housing and community investments should be less than 82 million US dollars.

Still, the Budget is not adopted, and Garcetti has now promised a part of the planned police resources for African-American and other ethnic Communities, but the spending on the police are still considerable. Los Angeles is no exception – big Budgets for the police are in many places common, especially in cities.

The good funding of the police is a result of their lobbying activities, achieved in the 1990s, culminating, says Stuart Schrader, a sociologist at Johns Hopkins University. “The International Association of chiefs of police has not only tried to make the legislation to combat crime. She tried, politicians have an accountability to pay to the police and not Vice versa,” writes Schrader in a 2019 published an essay with the title “protect and to serve: police in the US policy since the 1960s”.

In the light of rates of a further decline in crime, so Schrader could be the dangers of police work in many regions of the country. However, the police “protect their resources, rather than capacity release”, says the sociologist. “The police is not ready to take your profits to let go of and provides your self-serving interest representation, increasingly, their actual Mission, the fight against crime.”

call for the abolition of the police

There are in the United States, a movement that calls to curtail the financial resources of the police and the authorities in the result of completely eliminate. The discussion about wins these days is momentum. Ralikh Hayes, co-founder of Organizing Black, a group of activists in Baltimore in the East coast state of Maryland, argues in favour of using the money that is now flowing in the police service, different. Compared to the DW, he says, cities should Finance “the creative process, with other ideas, to experiment and to consider how safety can look. You should invest in things of which we know that people need you. Because we know that crime is usually caused by the fact that people have the resources they need.”

Hayes added: “As you can see in communities across America, these are regarded as perfectly safe, when no policeman is in sight. But why our communities are full of police officers do not apply, then as safe?”

police tried yet another strategy to maintain the Status Quo: it makes the evidence and data are only internally accessible. To collect data, to explore incidents, and communication between police officers and civilians, can sometimes be difficult, confirmed Alyasah Sewell, Professor of sociology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, in front of the DW. Citizens ‘ initiatives tried to, would have to rely frequently on media reports. Sewell adds that in the statistics of the law enforcement authorities were sometimes missing important information, such as skin color or gender. Also in the police reports “we rely to the fact that the police told us what happened”.

racism since the time of slavery

When a white police officer an unarmed black Person is killed, it is referred to a policeman by colleagues, politicians and the Public often as a “bad apple” (“rotten Apple”), which means that the official concerned should be considered as a particular case.

The national security adviser, Robert O’brien, about used this phrase recently in an Interview with TV channel CNN about the violent death of George Floyd. The African-American Floyd died in Minneapolis, during a white police officer watched on his neck, knelt, and three colleagues. “I don’t think there is institutional racism,” said O’brien. “I think 99.9 percent of our law enforcement officers are great Americans. But of course there are always ‘bad Apples’.”

Alyasah Sewell does not hold, however, it is sufficient to focus on individual police officers. “A bad COP is a bad seed,” said Sewell. “This creates networks that support it. One half of an Apple cut through to get to the seeds, the seeds. And if this seed is lazy, it infects the Rest of the Apple.”

Sewell conducts research on structural racism, and stresses in today’s police authorities continue the story live. “You really need to go to the slavery back. Slave patrols were the forerunners of today’s police. Officials today black and brown people the levels of still, because of their skin color as a Criminal. And if you referred to someone as a Criminal, you have the right to remove him from society.”

police violence will not be tolerated in the USA only the President himself animates indirectly. At the beginning of the week, Donald Trump threw many governors, that their reaction to the ongoing protests had been weak. “If it is not dominated, it is a waste of time,” said Trump. “You looks like a idiot pile. You have to dominate.”

author: Julia Mahncke

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