This month, I have a long review at DCSC, looking at Matt Apuzzo and Adam Goldman’s book Enemies Within. The book provides an excellent look (and trenchant criticisms) of the New York Police Department’s spy unit. However, I argue that its favorable depiction of the FBI’s operations is a bit misguided.
Also, I gave a wide-ranging interview to the folks at Humboldt Grassroots, covering torture, the social function of policing, restorative justice, call-out culture, and anarchism.
I am pleased to announce the publication of Fire the Cops!, a collection of articles on policing I’ve written over the past ten years, since the first publication of Our Enemies in Blue.
Individual chapters examine the relationship between violence and legitimacy (and crises of legitimacy), the cops’ class position and their interactions with the Occupy movement and the Wisconsin public employee strike, political repression and domestic counterinsurgency, and the tension between demands for accountability and the struggle for abolition. Illustrating the text are beautiful photographs by Bette Lee.
Fire the Cops! can be read as a supplement to Our Enemies in Blue, or on its own, as a series of attempts to apply historical lessons to events as they unfold.
The book costs $20, and if you order directly from me (that is, not from the publisher or though Amazon), I’ll send you both Fire the Cops and Our Enemies in Blue for $30. Just send me a check, your mailing address, and a note as to whether you’d like the books signed: Kristian Williams, PO Box 11112, Portland OR 97211