Guardian of the Republic, Me, Acrylic on Canvas, 2021

Consider this: when people on the left say All cops are bastards, we say it as a counter narrative to the bad apple argument, that usual comes with a lack of action. Not all police officers are horrible people, obviously no one is saying that, but they are all part of an unjust system that needs to be abolished and then rebuilt.

Even i as an anarchist concede that some policing is necessary. Defending the houses of democracy is an example of necessary policing. Stop and frisking, arresting people for minor drug possession, harassing people for their driving, agent provocateur missions and all the other ways in which police find reasons to kill or incarcerate innocent (most often) black people are not and should be abolished.

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