From iSteve commenter JSQ:
Let’s be clear about one thing: even if we “abolish” the police, we will still have police. They will still have a monopoly on violence. They will still make arrests and help prosecutors build cases. They may call themselves something else (“Community Response Team,” say) but they will functionally be the police.
The purpose of this movement isn’t to abolish the police or to enact Catalonia-style anarchy (which I might actually be in favor of), but to destroy the police as a conservative institution. The police are one of the last large, significant conservative institutions in the US; ergo, they must be destroyed. Get rid of the 105 IQ ex-jocks with crew cuts. Bring in the underemployed liberal-arts graduates.
That kind of sensible skepticism must end.
The priorities will change too: no more arrests for dealing drugs. Property crime will be put on the back-burner. Expect a HUGE emphasis on white-collar crimes, domestic violence and all kinds of sex cases though. And an emphasis on “disparate impact” in arrests and convictions, which you can achieve by either arresting fewer black men or more white men.
… This movement isn’t about justice or mercy or humanism; it’s about power, and once power has been obtained, it will be about settling the old scores.