New PDF release: Above the Law. Police and the Excessive Use of Force

By Jerome H Skolnick

The now-famous videotape of the thrashing of Rodney King caused a countrywide outcry opposed to police violence. Skolnick and Fyfe, of the nation's best specialists on legislations enforcement, use the incident to introduce a revealing ancient research of such violence and the level of its survival in legislations enforcement at the present time.

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Above the Law. Police and the Excessive Use of Force by Jerome H Skolnick PDF

The now-famous videotape of the thrashing of Rodney King brought on a countrywide outcry opposed to police violence. Skolnick and Fyfe, of the nation's best specialists on legislation enforcement, use the incident to introduce a revealing ancient research of such violence and the level of its survival in legislation enforcement this present day.

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He was taken to the living room where he and his brother Frank, like Jessie and Diane, were also proned out on the floor and handcuffed. Katsumi was kicked in the head and side by Officer Holcomb. ” Pots, pans, and dishes had been taken from their cabinets and thrown to the floor, and various objects kept on the bar, as well as the VCR, had been thrown on the TV room floor. ” [Son] Albertdee saw beds turned over, clothing in heaps on the floor, broken crockery in the kitchen, and broken windows.

Many Jews were angered when, in 1982, the press obtained an in-house report suggesting that the Soviets were sending criminals disguised as Jewish immigrants to disrupt the 1984 Olympics. ”20 Nine years earlier, in his most widely publicized intemperate remark, he had said that “some blacks” may be more susceptible than “normal people” to police officers’ use of a potentially fatal chokehold (which has since been banned). For this remark, the Police Commission publicly reprimanded Gates, and Esquire magazine honored him with one of its “Annual Dubious Achievement” Awards.

This is a success story—there is a marked decline in police brutality in this arena—and we try to understand why. “Public Order Policing,” discusses another major occasion for police brutality, where police are faced with controlling instances of such disorder as protests and riots. If Part I examines the occasions for police brutality, Part II addresses its causes. We find a causal connection in the traditional culture of policing, that is, in the sorts of values and understandings street cops learn as they assume the job in many police departments.

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