skip navigation


Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the Virtual Library. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.


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
To cite this abstract, use the following link:

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.