As communities across the nation have taken to the streets in the ongoing movement against police brutality, the question of the police and their role in society has taken on new importance. With the police killing a Black person every 28 hours, a movement is emerging the challenges the conventional idea of who they serve and who they protect. The very origins of the institution are saturated with racism and violence. From their beginning as a force to quell strikes, urban riots, and the threat of slave insurrection, the police have always existed primarily as an enforcer for the 1% and a protector of their property.
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