Disaggregating the Policing Function

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Policing imposes serious and extensive harms, from shootings and nonlethal uses of force, to stops, searches, arrests, and incarceration. And many of these harms involve pervasive racial disparities. Scholars and advocates tend to see these harms as collateral to policing and seek to address them with “harm-regulating” tools such as civil rights suits, prosecution of police offcers, elimination of quali”ed immunity, more Department of Justice investigations, civilian review boards, and the like.

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