This book 's radical theory of police argues that the police demand for order is a class order and a racialized and patriarchal order, by arguing that the police project, in order to fabricate and defend capitalist order,must patrol an imaginary line between society and nature, it must transform nature into inert matter made available for accumulation. Police don 't just patrol the ghetto or the Indian reservation, the thin blue line doesn 't just refer to a social order, rather police announce a general claim to domination--of labor and of nature.
Police and police violence are modes of environment-making. This edited volume argues that any effort to understand racialized police violence is incomplete without a focus on the role of police in constituting and reinforcing patterns of environmental racism.
"In Police: A Field Guide, incisively cuts through the ‘copspeak’ all around us—the language of policing that turns cattle prods into ‘non-lethal pain compliance’ and state-sanctioned sexual assault into a ‘body-cavity search.’ With this edited collection of new essays, Correia and Tyler take us deeper still. As Violent Order brilliantly elucidates, policing is not only racist and dehumanizing—it is world making, a way of fabricating capitalist racial fictions about nature and human nature. Violent Order illuminates the very nature of policing, which makes it essential reading for moving us from reform to abolition." —Naomi Murakawa, author, The First Civil Right
"In September 2021, the Atlanta City Council voted to raze 85 acres of city-owned
forest land and to replace it with a massive new police training facility. The pro-
posed facility, dubbed ‘Cop City’ by organisers who mobilised against it, was
backed by Atlanta’s ruling class, but faced widespread community opposition.... It’s difficult to make sense of projects like Cop City if one believes that policing is an institution generally designed to promote public safety. Why would a city and its corporate backers pursue such an unpopular and destructive project? How can they justify the destruction of nature in the era of oncoming climate catastrophe?
Those who are looking for answers will find many in Violent Order: Essays on the Nature of Police, an edited collection by scholar-activists David Correia and Tyler Wall that explores not only the police’s role in repressing social movements, but also their role in constructing the harmful conditions that social movements work to transform." —Micah Herskind's review for Race and Class
"This book serves as an antidote to a range of contemporary tropes that increasingly fetishise forms of punitive-paternalism...The book also serves as a vaccine against the orthodoxy of the law-and-order mythology that has colonised almost all areas of culture and politics across the globe." —Erasmus Research