The Police and Prison system Reform or utter Abolition

Paying a visit to Colin Kaepernick's explanation of the broken discriminatory law Enforcement System in America


Originally published by Illumination Curated on Medium

Photo by Sean Lee on Unsplash

Racism, discrimination, ethnocentrism, and fascism, in general, have existed for centuries since the advent of significant civilizations. Regrettably, as long as people live under some form of collective rapport, it will continue to exist. Prejudice, in a variety of shapes and forms, lives in many societies around the world. The United States is perhaps at the top of the list regarding racism, as history demonstrates. The sense of apartheid still lives in many people, and it could even happen if it were allowed by the constitution, but it does not! A long time ago, racism used to be considered a white thing, but today, it has taken many colors. Some may label it as ethnic preference and others discriminatory based on the reaction to the opposing race, etc. But the reality; everyone is unconsciously striving to promote its kind and protect it. And since we, the members of the society, have been programmed to live collectively as groups, communities, or human herds, therefore programmed to think based on shared profiles and traits, alienating our individuality. That is when the Sh..t hits the fan!

It wasn't too long ago when I came across a publication endorsed by the Ex-49er American football Quarterback Colin Kaepernick. The medium publication is meant to be part of "the Abolition for the People." It is about the lives of Black and Brown men in America, which concludes that policing and prisons are not solutions for black citizens' issues. Instead, it blames the prevailing and flawed social intricacies that necessitate abolishing police and defunding the prison system prioritizing justice and the communities' needs. Although the concept of police brutality, as he states in his introduction, is genuine and seems to be a fundamental problem, is it going to be enough, right of the back, to eradicate policing and work on the human minds through social programs? Or is it a much deeper issue that will take decades, maybe centuries, to address!

Or is it not just about "black lives that matter," but about every individual's life?

Because if we have to change the police perception of men of color, we must apply such an attitude to every individual that it is not necessarily the white or black race uniquely different. But every individual is distinct, even two blacks or two whites. If we fail to establish the contrast within ourselves, we will continue to witness ethnic tension within our societies. And since that tension perpetually reflects on every aspect of our lives, the police and prison system will ultimately be contaminated through its employees or policies.

The Unruly Policing in America is about Community Norms and Commercial Interest

The ambition to professionalize the police with a career cop concept as we'd understand it today is less than a century old. The campaigns for police professionalism were promoted as the 20th century progressed. Some historians like Samuel Walker believe that the move toward police professionalism wasn't all good of a movement, as the creation of police departments that were" "inward-looking" and" "apart from the public" and crime-control tactics that ended up exacerbating tensions between police and the societies pledged to protect. Today, the improvement and modernization of America's young police force continue to this day. In America, the old policing has always been informal, just like the prison system, and many other entities have been based on a for-profit, privately funded system. And since police departments are locally adjudicated, one should hardly expect unbiased police activity in a collective populist state.

Policing attitude is a community-driven phenomenon. It has to be, and it should always be, but a community can hardly survive without protection, especially in our modern complex system. However, what will determine the outcome of the police activity is transparency, accountability, and respecting the individual rights of everyone, and not just admiring every set of profiles or traits to which an individual relates.

Be it the state-sanctioned lynching of Breonna Taylor or the brutal chock hold killing of George Floyd, the communities with healthy populist and collective attitudes are forced to grapple with police terrorism, not the United States in general. Obviously, in a city with a uniform race and ethnicity, such terrorism would be rare to witness. In other words, the diverse nature of the U.S. populace makes it more prone to legal slaughter devastations against a particular race or ethnicities. In response, movements like" "ANTIFA"' and "Black lives matter" demanding the police's defunding have spread across the country.

Constitution and History of Police Power in the United States

The United States constitution sees police power as the capacity of the states. It expects local and state administrations to regulate behavior and enforce order within their territory. Under the 10th Amendment, the powers not proxy to the Federal Government are earmarked to the states or" "the people"'. The Federal Government transfers all public safety and security powers to the State governments and their constituents. Imagine a community with a majority sharing a particular profile and belief, may see another group or person with a different shared trait as a threat to the community. Such conflict can happen because profiling based on race, culture, and ethnicity has riddled our communities, which tends to send the wrong message to the local law enforcement agency.

States have the authority to coerce obedience to the state and local laws through whatever measures they see proper, provided these measures do not meddle on any of the rights protected by the United States Constitution or are not unreasonably arbitrary or oppressive. However, conflicts over the police authority's nature and extent can arise when such disputes meddle into individual rights and freedoms. Then again, many politicians equate that conflict within the framework of race and ethnicity. Yes, that semantic variation of the cause of the war paradoxically has led to much bigger devastation, i.e., police terrorism and the establishments that launch, magnify, and extend the prison statehood.

Police discrimination is community taste, and community discrimination reflects its populace's collective norms and mindset. The standards of a community are the populist state (be it left-wing or Right-wing in nature).

According to Colin Kaepernick:

“The central intent of policing is to surveil, terrorize, capture, and kill marginalized populations, specifically Black folks.”

He sees police brutality on colored folks as anti-Black violence and control. Concurrent to that, he recognizes that law enforcement sees it as essential to the very nature of the job.

Colin, in his view, states that the police reform will never take place in the United States, and the abolishment of the police and prison system is the only solution to save black lives from injustice at the hands of law enforcement officers.

Can the Police and Prison System be Abolished?

Some people believe they can abolish the police and prison system. The prison abolition movement is a net of activists that strive to reduce or even eliminate prisons and the prison system. Then one may ask what would be the replacement solution. Instead, they would replace systems with a rehabilitation structure that focuses on punishment and government institutionalization.

Some organizations, for instance, the Anarchist Black Cross, seek out total abolishment of the prison system without any intent to reinstate it with other government-controlled schemes. Many anarchist organizations trust that the best form of justice arises from social contracts or restorative justice.

The police abolition movement is also a recent political movement that advocates restoring policing with other public safety systems, primarily in the United States.

Police abolitionists reckon that policing, as a system, is inherently flawed and cannot be reformed, a view that rejects the ideology of police reformists, just like what colin Kaepernick is advocating. While he seeks to address how policing occurs, he strives to transform policing altogether through di