Humboldt Journal of Social Relations


Each of these pictures represents two diverging communities: One where the police are willing to separate themselves from the people and criminalize them in the process; the other challenges a violent institution that operates on an inflated budget with several military resources at their disposal. It was because of these confrontations that the notion of defunding the police entered the mainstream conversation. Indeed, defunding the police has been silenced by both mainstream political parties, but that does not mean that these so-called leaders can lecture the public on morality. We have seen unchecked power reign for decades. With leadership that supports law enforcement and not the populace, violent police officers will continue to exert control in our communities. But wherever injustice appears, there will always be people willing to oppose it and demand that police officers be held responsible for their actions.