Literature and Police Brutality

A recent article in The Atlantic takes a look a some recent events involving the police and explains how George Orwell told us about this when he wrote “Shooting an Elephant.” I once gave this essay toa friend of mine who had worked in the U.S. Senate. After she read it, she said that everyone who gets eleted should have to read this essay and think about how it applies to them.

It seems that sentiment might also apply to police training.

I wonder what it would be like to try to teach literature to police recruits. I think it would be interesting and challenging, but I can’t imagine any department would find it a better use of time than interrogation, target practice, or chin-ups.

Below is a link to the essay. I think that the format is not so great, and I encourage everyone to buy real books, but if you haven’t read this essay, do have a look.

Let me know what you think of this.


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