A “Policing Point of View”: On The Borders of the Polity

For many who attended the July 18th counter-protest in Melbourne, on a weekend of nation-wide Reclaim Australia rallies, the experience was instructive on the nature of police and policing. Many of us came to the protests with some awareness of police brutality and some experience participating in protests that attract large (and to varying degrees hostile) police presence. Nevertheless, many were shocked and some traumatised by the level of violence and aggression shown by police towards our side of the lines. This was especially jarring when contrasted with the extremely cooperative (and at times openly fraternal) nature of the policing of Reclaim Australia and the United Patriot’s Front, whose rally was facilitated and protected by police actions. Continue reading “A “Policing Point of View”: On The Borders of the Polity”

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A “Policing Point of View”: On The Borders of the Polity