Violence Is Not Always an Option: Police, Trauma and Transformation

“The untamed violence against our communities is no longer an option,”
– Pascual Torres

Topic:   Police Violence, Police reform, Civil Rights, Law
Violence Is Not Always an Option: Police, Trauma and Transformation
Participants:  Pascual Torres  J.D, Esq.
Broadcast Air Date: 06/26/20
Time: 5:15 PM (PST)
Station: KUCR 88.3 FM Riverside, CA
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Discussion Topics:

  •  Ollin  is  a Nahuatl word  that  loosely translates into movement.
  • How do you introduce healing and transformation into the law?
  •   Abuse of Power: Violence, It calls you back
     Article  available  on Peoples college of Law website:
  • How was it to grow up in the 90’s in Boyle heights?
  •  What is the relationship between the current police practices and the history of colonization?
  •  Are police officers legally permitted to strike someone with closed fists?
  • Is there an “us versus them” mentality within the police?
  • Why do some communities get protected and served while other communities get harassed?
  •  Race, class, and education level will determine who gets justice and who gets war?
  •  What is justice by zip code?
  • The police are a tool of colonization.
  • Why is violence always an option for police?
  •  Why is the age of 13 when we learn to start to fear police violence?
  •   When you are constantly under surveillance by the police, you begin to self-monitor yourself?
  •  Did the police give you “Dodger baseball cards?”
  • If you criminalize a certain sector of the community, it doesn’t matter how you treat them?
  • How does colonization and trauma connect to violence?
  • “The untamed violence against our communities is no longer an option,”- Pascual Torres
  •  Police violence is a problem that cannot be transferred to the next generation, it must be solved now.
  • What is the history of the police in the United States?
  • What is trauma?  Trauma is an experience that  stays with you for a long time and impacts you negatively.
  • What if the police violence is purposeful to traumatize communities in order to continue the colonizing effect?
  • Can we change the job requirements to be a police officer?
  • What does it mean to defund the police?
  • Justice is part of the healing process.
  • Do we have a system where everyone is accountable for their actions?
  • How was the law used to colonize people?
  • If you don’t transform your trauma, you transmit the trauma.
Image by Elizabeth Brossa

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