What happens when protesters take over for the police?

Posted on AllSides September 9th, 2021
From The Center
Julio Cortez/AP

When Michael McQuarrie entered the George Floyd Square autonomous zone for the first time last year, he felt as if he was entering a freer, friendlier, and, in some ways, edgier America.

To some, the neighborhood had become the “Free State of George Floyd.” To him and many there, it proved more broadly that a community can not only function, but thrive, without police authority: that physical autonomy empowers citizens.

And then there were the gun shots.

“Policing in Black and trans communities has been so brutal over 30, 40...

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