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Kenya’s police are violent, unaccountable and make most citizens feel less safe – should they be abolished?

Kenya’s police are violent, unaccountable and make most citizens feel less safe – should they be abolished?

A world without the police is inconceivable to many people. The police are viewed as part of modern society’s foundation, ensuring democracy and keeping people safe. In practice, however, police around the world sometimes repress social movements, stifle democracy, and exacerbate social and racial injustice. Across the African continent, they often use force to prop up repressive regimes. And in Kenya in particular, extortion and extrajudicial killings by the police are rampant. Authors WANGUI KIMARI, Anthropologist, University of Cape Town ZOLTÁN GLÜCK, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, American University Kenya is unusual for its extensive attempts to reform the police. Reform…
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