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NCJ Number: 136182 Find in a Library
Title: Incident at Howard Beach: The Case for Murder
Author(s): C J Hynes; Drury B
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 309
Sponsoring Agency: G P Putnam's Sons
New York, NY 10016
Publication Number: ISBN 0-399-13500-6
Sale Source: G P Putnam's Sons
200 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10016
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Special Prosecutor Charles J. Hynes recalls the racially motivated event at Howard Beach and examines the investigation and subsequent trial.
Abstract: On December 19, 1986, four black men experienced car trouble while driving through an all-white community. The next morning one lay dead, and another was severely beaten with a baseball bat by a dozen local youths. Charles Hynes saw this event as a metaphor for the bigotry and racial tension devouring the country. The roles of the politicians including Mayor Mario Cuomo, Queens District Attorney John Santucci, and former New York Mayor Edward Koch are highlighted as well as that of the black activists including attorney Alton Maddox and the Reverend Al Sharpton. The local citizens and their racial attitudes are examined, and the last chapter focuses on the trial and discusses the verdict of three men convicted of manslaughter in the second degree. Hynes felt the verdict was fair and just, but addresses the tragic death of one of the victims.
Main Term(s): Racially motivated violence
Index Term(s): Hate Crimes; New York; Trial procedures
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