Derecka Purnell Calls for Resistance Until the End: Abolish the Police

In an opinion piece, Derecka Purnell ('17), movement lawyer, activist and US columnist for The Guardian, cited a history of activism against violent racist action dating back to the founding of the Minneapolis Police Department and urged us never to give up the fight: abolish police to transform our society ("George Floyd Could Not Breathe. We Must Fight Police Violence until Our Last Breath," May 27). "George, like Dreasjon Reed, Breonna Taylor and other black people killed by police this year, should be alive and breathing. This cycle – murder, protest, calls for justice, non-indictments – is revelatory. We must join others to reduce police power before, during and after these viral killings. Police reform is not enough. We need abolition."