Our Enemies in Blue : Police and Power in America (Paperback)

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To protect and serve? A provocative history of America''s most defining--and misunderstood--institution.


Publisher Consortium Book Sales & Dist
Mfg Part# 9780896087712
SKU 203456002
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0896087719
Release Date 8/1/2007
Dimensions (in Inches) 8.75H x 6L x 0.75T
From the Publisher
Editors Note Even critics have a difficult time imagining a world without police. But just what is the role of police in a democracy: to serve the public or to protect the powerful? Tracing the evolution of the modern police force back to the slave patrols, this controversial study observes the police as the armed defender of a violent status quo.|Written for both the lay reader and for scholars, Our Enemies in Blue demonstrates that police misconduct isn't just a matter of "bad apples," but a function of the very nature of policing in the US. Williams examines the populations most often subjected to police abuse and the forms that abuse takes, delving into the role of police brutality in repressing political dissent and in preserving existing structures of inequality.
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0344
Publisher South End Press
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