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Zero Tolerance : Quality of Life and the New Police Brutality in New York City - Andrea McArdle

Zero Tolerance

Quality of Life and the New Police Brutality in New York City

By: Andrea McArdle (Editor), Tanya Erzen (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st March 2001
ISBN: 9780814756324
Number Of Pages: 316

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Amadou Diallo, Abner Louima, Anthony Baez, Patrick Dorismond. New York City has been rocked in recent years by the fate of these four men at the hands of the police. But police brutality in New York City is a multi-dimensional phenomenon that refers not only to the hyperviolent response of white male police officers as in these cases, but to an entire set of practices that target homeless people, vendors, and sexual minorities.

The complexity of the problem requires a commensurate response, which Zero Tolerance fulfills with a range of scholarship and activism. Offering perspectives from law and society, women's studies, urban and cultural studies, labor history, and the visual arts, the essays assembled here complement, and provide a counterpoint, to the work of police scholars on this subject.

Framed as both a response and a challenge to official claims that intensified law enforcement has produced New York City's declining crime rates, Zero Tolerance instead posits a definition of police brutality more encompassing than the use of excessive physical force. Further, it develops the connections between the most visible and familiar forms of police brutality that have sparked a new era of grassroots community activism, and the day-to-day violence that accompanies the city's campaign to police the "quality of life."

Contributors include: Heather Barr, Paul G. Chevigny, Derrick Bell, Tanya Erzen, Dayo F. Gore, Amy S. Green, Paul Hoffman, Andrew Hsiao, Tamara Jones, Joo-Hyun Kang, Andrea McArdle, Bradley McCallum, Andrew Ross, Eric Tang, Jacqueline Tarry, Sasha Torres, and Jennifer R. Wynn.

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Forewordp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. xiv
Introductionp. 1
Policing the Quality of Life
Turnstile Jumpers and Broken Windows: Policing Disorder in New York Cityp. 19
Policing Madness: People with Mental Illness and the NYPDp. 50
Giuliani Time: Urban Policing and Brooklyn Southp. 85
The Police
Can Zero Tolerance Last? Voices from inside the Precinctp. 107
girlz in blue: Women Policing Violence in the NYPDp. 127
No Justice, No Peacep. 147
Activism
Mothers of Invention: The Families of Police-Brutality Victims and the Movement They've Builtp. 179
International Human Rights Law and Police Reformp. 196
Police Brutality in the New Chinatownp. 221
An Interview with Derrick Bell: Reflections on Race, Crime, and Legal Activismp. 243
Organizing at the Intersections: A Roundtable Discussion of Police Brutality through the Lens of Race, Class, and Sexual Identitiesp. 251
Bearing Witnessp. 271
Areas A, B, and C: An Afterwoodp. 282
Contributorsp. 289
Indexp. 293
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ISBN: 9780814756324
ISBN-10: 0814756328
Series: Fast Track Books
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 316
Published: 1st March 2001
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.73 x 15.11  x 2.06
Weight (kg): 0.43

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