Policing the State, Second Edition: Democratic Reflections on Police Power Gone Awry, in Memory of Kathryn Johnston (1914-2006)

Policing the State, Second Edition: Democratic Reflections on Police Power Gone Awry, in Memory of Kathryn Johnston (1914-2006)

by Louis A. Ruprecht

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Policing the State, Second Edition: Democratic Reflections on Police Power Gone Awry, in Memory of Kathryn Johnston (1914-2006) by Louis A. Ruprecht

The manner in which Kathryn Johnston died so tragically at the hands of Atlanta narcotics police on the evening of November 21, 2006, anticipates and informs a number of very contemporary—and extremely volatile—issues that have become closely associated with the name of Ferguson, Missouri. As the "Black Lives Matter" movement makes clear, the issues center primarily around the relationship between racial identity and lethal police violence in the United States today. In this Second Edition of Policing the State, Louis A. Ruprecht Jr. attempts to situate both "Ferguson" and "Black Lives Matter" within a relatively narrow historical frame of the two years since Policing the State was first published, as well as a longer history of the emergence of a more violent policing regime and an ever-more intensely carceral society that came on the scene quite suddenly in the United States in the mid-to-late 1980s.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781498231107
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 10/22/2015
Pages: 154
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Louis A. Ruprecht Jr. is the inaugural holder of the William M. Suttles Chair in Religious Studies at Georgia State University. The author of seven previous books on various themes in religious history, ethics, and politics, his latest book is Winckelmann and the Vatican's First Profane Museum (2011). He published a previous book with Wipf & Stock in 2008, titled God Gardened East: A Gardener's Meditation on the Dynamics of Genesis.

Table of Contents

Dedication ix

Acknowledgments xv

List of Primary Characters xviii

1 Introduction 1

2 Jury Selection 18

3 The First Day 24

4 Policing by the Numbers, or, "Nine and Two" 28

5 The "War on Drugs" 36

6 New Technologies and the New Policing 44

7 "We're All in This Together" 48

8 Breaking the Case 64

9 The Human Cost 72

10 Defending the Indefensible 77

11 Deliberation and Judgment 82

Epilogue 89

Afterword to the Second Edition: "Policing the State" after Ferguson: Reflections on Race, Lethal Police Violence, and the Drug Wars 100

Bibliography 133

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