This week most of the members of Minneapolis City Council agreed to start a process that would dismantle the city’s police department and explore ways to replace it with something new. The announcement comes in the wake of weeks of protest following the killing of George Floyd by members of the Minneapolis police department, and years of calls from activists across the country to find a new way to ensure public safety without relying on policing and mass incarceration.
It’s obviously not a viewpoint shared by everyone, and even members of Minneapolis City Council aren’t sure what comes next at this point. But if you want to learn more about why some people are even calling for an end to policing, and what the alternatives might look like, the appropriately titled book The End of Policing by Brooklyn College sociology professor Alex S Vitale seems like a good place to start. And the eBook version happens to be available for free from the publisher’s website at the moment.
Or if you’re looking for something a little lighter, (although occasionally pretty dark), iTunes is selling the complete series of Buffy the Vampire Slayer for $10 today. And Twitch Prime/Amazon Prime members can snag 16 PC games for free (the list of currently free titles has expanded since I last wrote about it a few weeks ago, with new freebies including >obverserver_, Project Warlock, Forsaken Remastered, Dream Daddy, The Flame in the Flood, Steel Rats, and Max: The Curse of Brotherhood).
Here are some of the day’s best deals.
Downloads and streaming
- The End of Policing eBook by Alex S. Vitale for free – Verso Books
- 16 PC games free for Prime members – Twitch Prime
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer Seasons the complete series for $10 – iTunes
- HP Chromebook 11a w/Celeron N3350/4GB/32GB for $169 – Best Buy
- Refurb Acer Spin 1 11.6″ laptop w/Pentium Silver N5000/4GB/64GB/Win10 for $250 – Acer (via eBay)
- Refurb HP Spectre x360 13″ convertible w/Core i7-8565U/8GB/256GB for $850 – Newegg
- Refurb HP Spectre x360 13″ convertible w/Core i5-8550U/8GB/256GB for $780 – Woot
- Dell XPS 13 w/Core i5-10210U/8GB/256GB for $880 – Dell
- Anker Soundcore Spirit X sport Bluetooth earbuds for $14 – Amazon
- TaoTronics SoundLiberty 79 true wireless earbuds for $42 – Amazon (clip coupon)
- Anker Soundcore Life P2 true wireless earbuds for $45 – Amazon
- Sennhesier Momentum true wireless earbuds for $160 – Best Buy
- Sony WF-1000XM3 noise cancelling true wireless earbuds for $178 – Amazon
- Bose 700 wireless noise cancelling headphones (white) for $299 – Amazon
Smart speakers and displays
- Google Home Mini for $29 – Google Store
- Amazon Echo Dot (3rd-gen) 2-pack for $80 – Amazon (coupon: DOT2PK)
- Amazon Echo (3rd-gen) 2-pack for $160 – Amazon (coupon: ECHO2PK)
- Lenovo Smart Clock with Google Assistant for $50 – Best Buy
- Amazon Echo Show 5 for $70 – Amazon
- Lenovo Smart Display 8″ with Google Assistant for $100 – Lenovo
- Lenovo Smart Display 10″ with Google Assistant for $150 – Lenovo
- RAVPower 30W USB wall charger (1 x USB-C, 1 x USB-A) for $14 – Amazon
- Anker PowerCore Slim 10,000 mAh power bank for $20 – Amazon
- Sega Genesis Mini for $50 – Amazon
- WD My Passport Go 1TB portable USB 3.0 SSD for $145 – Amazon
- WD My Passport 1TB portable USB 3.1 SSD for $170 – Amazon