Black students and students of color should not have to rely on “relationships” with officers to avoid criminalization. Community policing, which recommends “relationship building” between cops and communities, exaggerates rather than eliminates racial disparities. In fact, Wisconsin has the second highest rates of referring Black students to law enforcement, nearly three times the national average. This is not a result of a lack of relationships, but the result of racist policies and practices. Additionally, community policing increases the surveillance and criminalization of Black people and people of color.
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