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Los Angeles Winning the 2024 Olympic Bid Would Be Disastrous for Police-Civilian Relations

Los Angeles Winning the 2024 Olympic Bid Would Be Disastrous for Police-Civilian Relations

As much as the International Olympic Committee sells the Games on transforming city infrastructure and being a harbinger of global unity, the event is quickly gaining a legacy as an intensifier of a host city’s rampant social and civil struggles. In Rio’s case, the 2016 Olympics have come at the cost of young black people losing their lives. Days before fireworks lit up Maracanã Stadium at Rio’s Opening Ceremony, police were cracking down on protests throughout the city, including one in a northern Rio suburb along the torch relay route. Police used pepper spray, stun grenades and tear gas to clear the route, injuring a 10-year-old girl and two others with rubber bullets in the process. Such shows of force became a secondary narrative in the buildup to this year’s games. For host cities, the Olympics have always carried the expectation of increased security to maintain safety—or at least to preserve the illusion on network television and to advertisers and sponsors that…