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Abolishing Racist Policing With the Thirteenth Amendment

This Essay was also published in the UCLA Law Review’s online publication, Discourse. Abstract Policing in America has always been about controlling the Black body. Indeed, modern policing was birthed and nurtured by white supremacy; its roots are found in slavery. Policing today continues to protect and serve the racial hierarchy blessed by the Constitution itself. But a string of U.S. Supreme...