"Violence Work draws from a recent chapter in the history of the US police to show police constantly and frequently crossing the borders supposed to contain them. It shows that these borders are myths—claims that present as natural but are actually deeply ideological, as Roland Barthes instructed. For police regularly cross whatever lines we think separate civilian from military spheres, doggedly protect private interests or work for market employers, travel abroad, and operate at all levels of government up to the federal scale. Police legitimacy rests on a tripartite fiction. You could even say it rests on a lie"