The Policing in Chicago Research Group (PCRG) is an activist research collective composed of faculty and graduate students at the University of Illinois at Chicago. We conduct useful and accessible research on policing in support of campaigns organized by abolitionist social movements in Chicago. Beginning as a two-semester graduate research practicum, the PCRG has transitioned to an activist research collective. In this roundtable discussion, six members of the PCRG and four of our community partners reflect on the project’s challenges and successes. We consider the pedagogical power and limitations of an activist research practicum, the power dynamics within the research group and between the PCRG and our community partners, and the ability of the PCRG to remain accountable to our partners and the communities they represent.

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