If the widespread protests of unchecked, racist police violence have spurred you to read more about the deep-rooted and systemic problems with policing in this country, here’s an excellent place to start: Haymarket Books, University of Chicago Press, Verso Books, and Seven Stories Press have each made an essential title about policing from their lists free to download.
Add them all to your reading list, and if you’re able, put the cost of the book toward a donation to a local bail, mutual aid, or community assistance fund.
Who Do You Serve, Who Do You Protect? Police Violence and Resistance in the United States, edited by Joe Macaré, Maya Schenwar, and Alana Yu-lan Price, Haymarket Books
Alex S. Vitale, The End of Policing, Verso Books
Angela Y. Davis, Aric McBay, Assata Shakur, Howard Zinn, Huey P. Newton, and Paco Ignacio Taibo II, Against Police Violence: Writers of Conscience Speak Out, Seven Stories Press
Laurence Ralph, The Torture Letters: Reckoning with Police Violence, University of Chicago Press