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overpolice

[ oh-ver-puh-lees ]
/ ˌoʊ vər pəˈlis /
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verb (used with object)

to police excessively, as by maintaining a large police presence or by responding aggressively to minor offenses: The panelists agreed that poor communities are overpoliced, and their residents are more likely to be Black and Latino.

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Origin of overpolice

First recorded in 1900–05; over- + police

OTHER WORDS FROM overpolice

o·ver·po·lic·ing, noun
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