Police: A Field Guide, Revised Edition | David Correia & Tyler Wall
320 pages | Verso Books | 8.2.22
The book contends that when we talk about police and police reform, we speak the language of police legitimation through the art of euphemism. So state sexual assault become "body-cavity search," and ruthless beatings become "non-compliance deterrence."
A Field Guide to the Police is a study of the self-evident and taken-for-granted language of police, a language we're all forced to speak when we talk about police. In entries like "Police dog," "Stop and frisk," and "Rough ride," the authors expose the way "copspeak"--the euphemized language of police as well as the unexamined assumptions undergirding contemporary policing--suppress the true meaning and history of policing.
Like any other field guide, it reveals a world that is hidden in plain view. This revised and updated edition argues that a redefined language of police might help chart a future free not only of police violence, but also of the police as we currently know it.
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