The New Untouchables: How America Sanctions Police Violence

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9781879360310: The New Untouchables: How America Sanctions Police Violence

Examines police violence in America and sheds new light on the complex issues surrounding police brutality--urban crime, police frustrations, and cover-ups

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With many Americans so terrified of crime they are ready to give up their constitutional freedoms, investigative reporter DeSantis reminds readers that tolerating police brutality will not make the average citizen any safer. The New Untouchables thoughtfully reviews traditional police roles and police culture, the difficult but necessary task of defining excessive use of force, and the role of cultural stereotypes, media exigencies, and the war on drugs in justifying police overreaction. DeSantis, whose For the Color of His Sin (1991) covered the Bensonhurst murder of Yusuf Hawkins, provides details on a long line of brutality cases less visible than Rodney King's that occurred and, for the most part, escaped punishment in cities around the country. On the basis of a review of court records, congressional hearings, and even the handling of David Koresh's Branch Davidians, the author argues that federal courts and agencies offer victims and survivors no real recourse. DeSantis knows his demand that those who "serve and protect" be held accountable for their actions will not be popular, but he insists that "cops who use deadly force indiscriminately make the job of good cops even harder." A thoughtful analysis of an important and controversial subject. Mary Carroll

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The "new untouchables" are America's police; their excessive brutality goes unpunished, and citizens (especially minorities), the good cops, and the legitimacy of the policing function suffer. After an immersion in DeSantis's quick tour through big-city police brutality and shooting cases of the last 15 years, the reader will agree. DeSantis, a Wall Street Journal legal editor and author of For the Color of His Skin (LJ 10/15/91), also examines the legal and historical background, explanations of human failings, and possible cures, especially municipal liability for systematic police practices. The Untouchables could be read as a companion to Greg Donaldson's The Ville: Cops and Kids in Urban America (LJ 12/93). For popular and academic criminal justice collections.
Janice Dunham, John Jay Coll. Lib., New York
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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