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June 18, 2018

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Excessive Force or Law Enforcement
Last Featured: 5/15/2001

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From the Rodney King beating nearly a decade ago to the 1999 shooting of Amadou Diallo, the question of police tactics and the use of force has sparked public outrage and debate. While national crime rates have dropped for 7 years straight, relations between officers and the public have steadily worsened, especially in minority communities where citizens say they are all too frequent victims of police harassment or excessive force. In this edition of Justice Talking, we’ll look at the nation’s growing concern with police brutality.

John Burris is a California based civil rights attorney specializing incases of police brutality and misconduct. Throughout his career he hasworked on numerous high-profile cases including representing RodneyKing in his civil suit against the Los Angeles Police Department. Afrequent radio and TV legal analyst, Mr. Burris advocates for policereform in his recent book, Blue Verses Black, Let’s End the ConflictBetween Cop and Minorities.

Gary Lightman is an attorney in private practice in Harrisburg,Pennsylvania. For the last 26 years he has represented policedepartments throughout the U.S. on matters ranging from collectivebargaining for wages and working conditions to cases regarding the useof force and discipline. Mr. Lightman serves as counsel to thePennsylvania State Troopers Association and the National Fraternal Orderof Police which has more than 200,000 members.

Closing Quote
"The mood and temper of the public in regard to the treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing tests of the civilization of any country. A calm, dispassionate recognition of the rights of the accused and even of the convicted criminal against the state, a constant heart searching by all charged with the duty of punishment, these are the symbols which, in the treatment of crime and criminal, mark and measure the stored up strengths of a nation."

— Winston Churchill

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Amnesty International: United States of America Police Brutality and Excessive Force in the New York City Police Department
Human Rights Watch, Shielded from Justice: Police Brutality
Police Brutality (Current Controversies)
by Tamara L. Roleff (Editor)
Police Brutality : Opposing Viewpoints
by Helen Cothran (Editor)
The Right to a Jury Trial
Bail Bondsmen, Bounty Hunters and Private Prisons
Innovations in Policing