Professor Kitossa’s piece in The Conversation – How to understand police violence: Not a case of good cop vs. bad cop

Tamari Kitossa, Associate Professor of Sociology at Brock University, had a piece published in The Conversation where he advocated for the defunding of the police and the formation of a new basis for social order.

He writes:

“Amidst the grief, disbelief and justified outrage at the killing of African Americans, many people want to make sense of what appears to be senseless police mayhem and violence. The killing of George Floyd and other African Americans by police has led to civilian protests and outrage across the United States and around the world. The gaze has now turned to Canadian police.

According to the Ontario Human Rights Commission, Black Torontonians are 20 times more likely to be shot by police than the city’s white residents. Despite numerous inquiries and commission after commission after commission into police violence over the years — many with strong recommendations for police reform — nothing changes. Why? 

Universities, news media, Hollywood, politicians and economic elites continually drum into our heads that police “serve and protect” — and so goes the police motto in Toronto. This narrative of police helps to fuel the fantasy that they are necessary in their present configuration. But whom and what police protect must be asked squarely.”

Continue reading the full article here.