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NCJ Number: 183619 Find in a Library
Title: Justice: A Question of Race
Author(s): Roberto Rodriguez
Editor(s): Gary D. Keller
Date Published: 1997
Page Count: 280
Sponsoring Agency: Bilingual Press
Tempe, AZ 85287-2702
Publication Number: ISBN 0-927534-68-1
Sale Source: Bilingual Press
Arizona State University
Hispanic Research Ctr.
P.O. Box 872702
Tempe, AZ 85287-2702
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Book (Softbound)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: In 1979, a Hispanic journalist was taking photographs in East Los Angeles and recorded the senseless beating of an innocent and defenseless man by members of the sheriff's department; the officers then turned on the journalist, confiscated his camera and film, and beat him so badly that he was hospitalized 3 days.
Abstract: The journalist recounts his struggle to come to terms with the traumatic experience and to bring a civil suit against the officers involved. Combining material written before and after the trial, the journalist presents an indictment of a society that sanctions police brutality against minorities. The journalist describes his ordeal following discharge from the hospital, a period of over 7 years during which he lived in constant fear while attempting to prove his innocence. He believes that police brutality is pervasive throughout the United States, that government officials and politicians tend to ignore police brutality, and that police brutality is fundamentally dehumanizing to victims.
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Abuse of authority; Complaints against police; Hispanic Americans; Minorities; Police Brutality; Police misconduct; Police-minority relations; Racial discrimination
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