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Street Justice - Marilynn S. Johnson

Paperback Published: 31st October 2004
ISBN: 9780807050231
Number Of Pages: 378

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A revelatory examination of the repeated cycles of police brutality and reform in New York City
Street Justice traces the stunning history of police brutality cases in New York and the antibrutality movements that sought to eradicate it. Examining police violence from the period just after the Civil War to the present--from clubbing to the third degree to the backroom torture of Abner Louima in 1997--Johnson shows that while it is not a static phenomenon, neither has there been the simple progression toward more professional, less violent police behavior that some would like to believe.
"Johnson . . . has taken on a formidable and sensitive subject and has largely conquered it, thanks to indefatigable research and a rigorous, unblinking analysis . . . a well-written, intelligent and at times even colorful examination of one of the perennial problems of urban life . . . an invaluable contribution to the histories both of New York and of American law enforcement in general." --Kevin Baker, New York Times Book Review
"A masterfully crafted chronicle . . . The pages are sprinkled with fascinating episodes and anecdotes, uncovering the 'story behind the story' for such police practices as 'the third degree' and 'sweatboxes.'" --James Alan Fox, Boston Globe
"This fascinating, highly detailed historical survey, beginning with the NYPD's founding in 1845, reads like a true-crime page-turner . . . Johnson] provides a sensitive and insightful look at the range of social, political and economic changes that have affected how police brutality has been repeatedly redefined." --Publishers Weekly

'Johnson . . . has taken on a formidable and sensitive subject and has largely conquered it, thanks to indefatigable research and a rigorous, unblinking analysis . . . a well-written, intelligent and at times even colorful examination of one of the perennial problems of urban life . . . an invaluable contribution to the histories both of New York and of American law enforcement in general.' -Kevin Baker, New York Times Book Review

'A masterfully crafted chronicle . . . The pages are sprinkled with fascinating episodes and anecdotes, uncovering the 'story behind the story' for such police practices as 'the third degree' and 'sweatboxes.'' -James Alan Fox, Boston Globe

'This fascinating, highly detailed historical survey, beginning with the NYPD's founding in 1845, reads like a true-crime page-turner . . . [Johnson] provides a sensitive and insightful look at the range of social, political and economic changes that have affected how police brutality has been repeatedly redefined.' -Publishers Weekly

"Street Justice gives the reader pause to seriously reconsider the caliber of many of the people who've worn badges and carried guns on our streets." New York Resident

Introductionp. 1
"The Clubbers and the Clubbed": Police Violence in the Nineteenth Centuryp. 12
Riots and the Racialization of Police Brutality, 1900-1911p. 57
Brutality and Reform in the Progressive Erap. 87
Prohibition, the War on Crime, and the Fight against the Third Degreep. 114
Police, Labor, and Radicals in the Great Depressionp. 149
The Resurgence of Racep. 181
Storming the Barricades: The 1960sp. 229
Will the Cycle Be Unbroken?p. 277
Notesp. 307
Acknowledgmentsp. 347
Indexp. 351
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ISBN: 9780807050231
ISBN-10: 0807050237
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 378
Published: 31st October 2004
Publisher: Beacon Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 15.24  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.45