Proloog politsei aruandekohusluse juurde

Siinviidatu on üks huvitav ja väga tõsine essee politseist sotsioloogia valdkonna ajakirjas.

Kontekstiks midagi, mida politseinikud võib-olla ise ei märkagi:

When one pays attention to policing—to how its experts, thought leaders, and official supporters understand the mission of police forces and how they frame its challengesone begins to notice a discursive pattern. It goes something like this: police agencies are in a state of more or less permanent professionalization. This professionalization usually depends on some combination of new technological capability and training to improve the efficiency, fairness, and so forth of departments’ operations and the level of ‘‘trust’’ they enjoy with the ‘‘community’’ (more on these words later).

Lähemale essee tuumale:

In response to that last uprising that marched under the banner of Black Lives Matter, President Obama commissioned a Task Force on 21st Century Policing. What that task force found is what task forces always find, but one particular recommendation found purchase among the formulators and implementers of policy: police body-worn cameras.

Teaduse kasutamine kilbi või relvana:

Somewhat unnervingly, the authors explain their interpretation of evidence-based policing with a Carl Sagan quote that ‘‘a central lesson of science is that to understand complex issues (or even simple ones), we must free our minds of dogma and guarantee the freedom . . . to experiment. Arguments from authority are unacceptable’’

Kriitilise mõtlemise kriis:

The failure to take critical scholarship seriously at any level leaves much of the book’s argument open to interpretation and in fact forces the reader to guess at what the euphemisms and platitudes that undergird so much of the analysis really mean.

Oi, oi … valus märkus, kuid selleks on piisavalt alust:

We know from copious social scientific evidence that the level of trust in a local police force tends to be connected to one’s socioeconomic position and race. The richer and whiter you are, the more likely you are to trust police.

Politsei rinnakaamerad võivad olla ellu kutsutud usalduse tõstmiseks, tõendamiseks jms, kuid … kas tegu on ühesuunalise liiklusega, st info liigub vaid …

Trust means quiescence. It means the absence of community agency. BwC are revealed in this moment to be little more than a technological prop for gesturing toward accountability while maintaining the ‘‘thin blue line’’ with an iron fist.

Ei vaja kommentaari. Läksin mõttepausile.

And so ‘‘the community’’ has taken accountability into its own hands. It was a traumatized seventeen-year-old, Darnella Frazier, and not an officer who documented and broadcast the state murder of George Floyd, sparking Minneapolis rebellions that drove the city council to attempt to dismantle its police force. It was community members, and not officers, who have documented and broadcast the incredible violence of the police crackdown on demonstrators demanding exactly what BwC are supposed to bring about. Put bluntly, in marginalized communities around the country, cops are and have always been the crisis, and affixing cameras to their uniforms will not resolve that.

Scannell, R. J. (2021). Cops Are the Crisis and Cameras Are No Solution. Contemporary Sociology, 50(4), 278–281.