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NCJ Number: 153455 Find in a Library
Title: Media, the Police, and the Multicultural Community: Observations on a City in Crisis
Journal: Journal of Crime and Justice  Volume:17  Issue:2  Dated:(1994)  Pages:133-165
Author(s): M H Barlow; D E Barlow; S Stojkovic
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 33
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper examines media treatment of events related to the Jeffrey Dahmer serial murder case and its aftermath in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Abstract: Data were obtained from a content analysis of newspaper articles, participant observation in aftermath events, interviews with news workers, discussions with police officers, and an examination of alternative newspapers. Goals were to evaluate media treatment of the case and the media's role in police- community relations. Analysis showed that the news media played an important role in mediating police-community relations during the volatile period surrounding the Dahmer case. From the time the Dahmer story broke, police-community relations in Milwaukee were mediated by news stories, not in the sense that the media acted as a neutral intermediary between parties in conflict but rather in the sense that various factions in the police department and in the community and several public officials acted through the media in relation to each other. The media exacerbated the crisis generated by the Dahmer case by providing public space in which otherwise factional segments of the population were able to join forces and demand that they be heard. 65 references and 14 endnotes
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Media coverage; Murderers; Police community relations; Police-media relations; Public Opinion of Crime; Public Opinion of the Police; Serial murders; Wisconsin
Note: Earlier version of paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Social Problems, 1992
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