Praise for Police: A Field Guide
This is one of the angriest and saddest indictments of American policing I have ever read. The exposure of 'copspeak' is masterly and the analysis of the relationship between law and order, racism and capitalism is explained with surgical clarity.
—Clive Bloom, author of Riot City: Protest and Rebellion in the Capital
Seeing through police bluewashing at every turn, Correia and Wall have put together a comprehensive, rigorous and highly useful guide to understanding ‘copspeak’. Unpacking the structural violence and racism of the police, of their functional role in capitalism, as well as in the historical continuity of slavery, Police: A Field Guide is a resolutely practical guide to thinking of a world beyond the police. Of value to activists and theorists alike, this text is a careful analysis of core concepts in policing of use to everyone committed to ending racist state violence and the tyranny of cops everywhere.
—Nina Power, author of One Dimensional Woman
Police: A Field Guide is a dictionary of liberation, an antidote to the “copspeak” that's everywhere, even in our own heads. By dissecting and analyzing a vocabulary of power that has become dangerously ubiquitous, this book can help us dispel and dismantle its grip.
— Astra Taylor, author of The People's Platform: Taking Back Power and Culture in the Digital Age; and director of the documentary Examined Life