Black Americans being victimized and killed by the police is an epidemic. A truth many Americans are acknowledging since the murder of George Floyd, as protests have occurred in all fifty states calling for justice on his behalf. But this tension between African American communities and the police has existed for centuries. In this episode of Throughline, the origins of American policing and how those origins put violent control of Black Americans at the heart of the system.
Here are more resources for learning about the history of policing, the Howard Zinn Project has several here.