Police Killings Require
Dangerous Criminalization of Social and Political Affairs
Sign painted on the street outside Toronto Police Headquarters as part
of actions demanding an end to police violence and impunity.
The increased numbers of police killings continue
to be a matter of great concern to the polity. Calls for justice and
for an end to policy impunity and the racist approach to policing are
ringing out while governments continue to skate around the issue so as
to preserve their rule.
criminalization of life has deeply affected the country's economic,
political and social affairs and society's institutions and social
fabric. The criminalization of life has extended beyond politics into
social conditions and lifestyle. Criminalization leads to police power
being employed to deal with problems such as poverty; homelessness;
mental and other health issues and the right of all to health care;
what people put into their bodies; the claims of workers in the sale of
their capacity to work and terms of employment; problems and
disagreements in education with methods and curricula and how to affirm
the right to education; the opposition of people to big projects with
which they may disagree on environmental or other grounds; domestic
family and other disputes involving personal affairs and relations
among the people; issues and struggles surrounding the direction of the
economy, politics and society etc.
The list of problems, contradictions and
disagreements in economic and political affairs, social relations and
society generally is endless. Their criminalization is disastrous
leading to ever-increasing police power and brutality and the
political, social and economic problems never being resolved resulting
in ever-worsening crises, anarchy, violence and war.
As the people struggle to empower themselves they
know the antidote is to increase investments in social programs, public
services and enterprise to deal concretely with the problems of modern
society and relations among the people; to stop paying the rich; to
strive for equilibrium in the social relation at the workplace between
the working class and employers; to make Canada a zone for peace; and,
most importantly to empower the people politically to allow the
democratic personality to emerge and open a path to peace, freedom and
democracy and a new pro-social direction for the economic and political
affairs of society.
In this issue, TML Weekly
reports on another police killing in Canada and calls for justice in
Canada as well as the United States.
This article was published in
Volume 50 Number 23 - June 27, 2020
Police Killings Require
Redress: Dangerous Criminalization of Social and Political Affairs