Going onto Chapter 3, this comment occurs in the midst of a discussion of the concept of "dangerous classes", a name given to the "irrational" working class in mid-19th Century America.

"Whereas London's Metropolitan Police Force shaped itself on Irish colonial domination, the New York Police Department took many of it's organizational cues from the slave patrols of the South, and one of its first major responsibilities was enforcing the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850...

The NYPD as it exists today this emerged to enforce the racial and class hierarchies essential to it an capitalist development. To keep things "orderly" meant, from it's beginning, keeping the Black, Indigenous, immigrant and poor in their place by limiting their organizing, street presence, and political power. The police ar an apparatus designed to enforce the white supremacists, bourgeois order...

...And that order finds many of it's origins in the practices and techniques developed in the early days of settler colonialism."


" The emergence of a modern police force in the South was different from that in London, which was different, again, from that in New York City, but all three shared some clear tendencies. In all instances, the police developed as a formal governmental organization when the enslaver, colonizer, and/or capitalist could no longer sufficiently protect their property or control on their own crowds of laborers they required...

...In all three instances, the state stepped in to take over a repressive function by forming an organization with a separate agenda from that of the army or the militia: an armed bureaucracy under the aegis of stopping crime."

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