In Stop Trying to Fix Policing: Lessons Learned from the Front Lines of Black
Liberation, Tony Gaskew guides readers through the phenomena of police abolition,
using the cultural lens of the Black radical tradition. The author weaves an electrifying
combination of critical race theory, spiritual inheritance, decolonization,
self-determination, and armed resistance, into a critical autoethnographic journey that
illuminates the rituals of revolution required for dismantling the institution of American
policing. Stop Trying to Fix Policing is an essential work for anyone who wants to go
beyond the rhetoric of police reform, to the next step: contributing to the formation of a
world without policing.
Tony Gaskew is professor of criminal justice, affiliate faculty of Africana studies, director of the criminal justice program, and founding director of the prison education program at the University of Pittsburgh, Bradford.
Chapter 1: Learning to Speak the Language of Police Abolition
Chapter 2: Unfriending Policing
Chapter 3: Decolonizing the State Narrative
Chapter 4: Community Self-Determination
Chapter 5: Black Armed Resistance
About the Author