Police, Brute Force and the Question of Rights

Sadaf Aziz has written this article for the Jurist, an online law magazine out of the University of Pittsburgh. She has made some excellent observations about the nature of rights and the function of police in crisis situations created by the state.

The sheer repugnance that memories of the past week awaken should disturb the last vestige of a mutuality of relations between this government and private citizens. We should all rest assured that our relation to the police is no longer what it was before fear of reprisal became the only operative principle dictating compliance with official dictate. It is more than a little ironic that the exemplary adherents of law, lawyers, are the representative group for society in this face-off with the government. Clearly the lawyers are aware that a fundamental condition of their compact with the government has been altered or challenged.

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