Zero Tolerance: Quality of Life and the New Police Brutality in New York City

Zero Tolerance: Quality of Life and the New Police Brutality in New York City

by Andrea Mcardle, Tanya Erzen
     
 

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ISBN-10: 081475631X

ISBN-13: 9780814756317

Pub. Date: 03/01/2001

Publisher: New York University Press

Amadou Diallo, Abner Louima, Anthony Baez, Patrick Dorismond. New York City has been rocked in recent years by the fate of these four men at the hands of the police. But police brutality in New York City is a multi-dimensional phenomenon that refers not only to the hyperviolent response of white male police officers as in these cases, but to an entire set of

Overview

Amadou Diallo, Abner Louima, Anthony Baez, Patrick Dorismond. New York City has been rocked in recent years by the fate of these four men at the hands of the police. But police brutality in New York City is a multi-dimensional phenomenon that refers not only to the hyperviolent response of white male police officers as in these cases, but to an entire set of practices that target homeless people, vendors, and sexual minorities.

The complexity of the problem requires a commensurate response, which Zero Tolerance fulfills with a range of scholarship and activism. Offering perspectives from law and society, women's studies, urban and cultural studies, labor history, and the visual arts, the essays assembled here complement, and provide a counterpoint, to the work of police scholars on this subject.

Framed as both a response and a challenge to official claims that intensified law enforcement has produced New York City's declining crime rates, Zero Tolerance instead posits a definition of police brutality more encompassing than the use of excessive physical force. Further, it develops the connections between the most visible and familiar forms of police brutality that have sparked a new era of grassroots community activism, and the day-to-day violence that accompanies the city's campaign to police the "quality of life."

Contributors include: Heather Barr, Paul G. Chevigny, Derrick Bell, Tanya Erzen, Dayo F. Gore, Amy S. Green, Paul Hoffman, Andrew Hsiao, Tamara Jones, Joo-Hyun Kang, Andrea McArdle, Bradley McCallum, Andrew Ross, Eric Tang, Jacqueline Tarry, Sasha Torres, and Jennifer R. Wynn.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814756317
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
03/01/2001
Series:
Fast Track Bks.
Pages:
316
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.99(d)

Table of Contents

Forewordvii
Acknowledgmentsxiv
Introduction1
IPolicing the Quality of Life
1Turnstile Jumpers and Broken Windows: Policing Disorder in New York City19
2Policing Madness: People with Mental Illness and the NYPD50
3Giuliani Time: Urban Policing and Brooklyn South85
IIThe Police
4Can Zero Tolerance Last? Voices from inside the Precinct107
5girlz in blue: Women Policing Violence in the NYPD127
6No Justice, No Peace147
IIIActivism
7Mothers of Invention: The Families of Police-Brutality Victims and the Movement They've Built179
8International Human Rights Law and Police Reform196
9Police Brutality in the New Chinatown221
10An Interview with Derrick Bell: Reflections on Race, Crime, and Legal Activism243
11Organizing at the Intersections: A Roundtable Discussion of Police Brutality through the Lens of Race, Class, and Sexual Identities251
Bearing Witness271
Areas A, B, and C: An Afterwood282
Contributors289
Index293

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