Resources

The Official MPD150 Report:

Enough is Enough! That is both the conclusion and the title of this report, a 150-year performance review of the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD). The report is the product an investigation into the conduct of the department over the fifteen decades since its founding in 1867; a survey of its current role and impact especially on marginalized communities; and an exploration of viable alternatives to the policing model.

The report is online in several parts, or you can read the full printable PDF copy.

External Resources:

Here are a few links for further reading. While we absolutely encourage people to read books like Michelle Alexander’s “The New Jim Crow,” and Alex Vitale’s “the End of Policing,” as well as checking out documentaries like Ava DuVernay’s “13th,” the following links are included here because they are immediately accessible and relatively brief– yet powerful– introductions to this topic:

Books:

  • The End of Policing by Alex Vitale
  • Are Prisons Obsolete? By Angela Y. Davis
  • Abolition Now! Ten Years of Strategy and Struggle Against the Prison Industrial Complex (Anthology)
  • The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
  • Our Enemies in Blue: Police and Power in America by Kristian Williams
  • Police Unbound: Corruption, Abuse, and Heroism by the Boys in Blue by Anthony V. Bouza

Articles:

  • Video: Why We Can and Should Abolish the Police and Prison-Industrial Complex (Films for Action)
  • BEYOND REPAIR: While Republicans & Democrats Unite to Increase Police Power, Others Point to New Way Forward (Ricardo Levins Morales)
  • What Abolitionists Do (Jacobin)
  • This Study Found That Major U.S. Cities Spend Millions More On Policing Than On Social Programs (Blavity)
  • We Don’t Just Need Nicer Cops. We Need Fewer Cops (The Nation)
  • Policing doesn’t need reforming. It needs to be abolished and created anew (The Washington Post)
  • The Myth of Liberal Policing (The New Inquiry)
  • Abolish the police? Organizers say it’s less crazy than it sounds (Chicago Reader)
  • Responses to Violence Must Move Beyond Policing (The Appeal)
  • Police “Reforms” You Should Always Oppose (Truthout)

Articles (Minneapolis/Minnesota-Specific)

Further Reading and Tools for Abolitionists

MPD150 Zines