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The city won't reform the police. The city is the police.


All the reforms the Justice Department wants to implement here - the question is, are those reforms sufficient to change a racist culture in a police department? A culture that is doing what historically and politically it's assigned to do - to occupy and protect the property of the capitalist class, to be very Marxist about it all.

Civil rights attorney Flint Taylor explains what a recent Department of Justice report on Chicago's police crimes reveals (and misses) about corruption and violence within the city, and outlines the choice between continuing ineffective liberal reforms, and a radical re-imagining of the relationships between policing, money and political power in minority neighborhoods.

Flint's latest writing is Chicago's Brutal Example for Jacobin.

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Flint Taylor

Flint Taylor is a founding partner of the People’s Law Office in Chicago.


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