Michelle Phelps & Jelani Cobb

Thursday, May 16, 7:30pm
Michelle Phelps presents The Minneapolis Reckoning: Race, Violence, and the Politics of Policing in America

In conversation with Jelani Cobb

Michelle Phelps' new book The Minneapolis Reckoning outlines how Minneapolis arrived at the brink of police abolition. Phelps explains that the city council’s pledge to dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department did not come out of a single moment of rage, but decades of organizing efforts. Yet the politics of transforming policing were more complex than they first appeared. Despite public outrage over police brutality, the council’s initiatives faced stiff opposition, including by Black community leaders who called for more police protection against crime as well as police reform. The Minneapolis Reckoning shows how the dualized meaning of the police—as both the promise of state protection and the threat of state violence—creates the complex politics of policing that thwart change. Phelps’s account of the city’s struggles over what constitutes real accountability, justice, and safety offers a vivid picture of the possibilities and limits of challenging police power today. Michelle discusses her work with writer Jelani Cobb, along with a reading and book signing. 

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Thursday, May 16, 2024 - 7:30pm

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686 Fulton street
Brooklyn, NY 11217
The Minneapolis Reckoning: Race, Violence, and the Politics of Policing in America By Michelle S. Phelps Cover Image
ISBN: 9780691245980
Availability: Available In Store Now (while supplies last)
Published: Princeton University Press - May 7th, 2024

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