Blue vs. Black by John L. Burris

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Many of us believe that cases of police brutality are isolated events, happening only in large cities and having no bearing on our own lives. But incidents of cop violence against minority citizens have become far too common everywhere in America, and the problem affects us all.

John L. Burris, a nationally renowned civil rights attorney, has spent the past twenty years defending the rights of minorities who have been the victims of police misconduct and excessive use of force. In Blue vs. Black he tells the true, heartbreaking stories of many of them--a young community center director who is savagely beaten by cops before the eyes of the children in his care; a woman who is handcuffed to a chainlink fence by a female officer and humiliated in front of her neighbors, simply because of a minor traffic violation; a father who is pulled over by police officers and shocked with a stun gun while his three-year-old daughter screams in the backseat of the car. These are no criminals, but ordinary, law-abiding citizens. Burris introduces us to several remarkable men and women who, by letting their stories be told in this book, demonstrate their courage in trying to repair the damaged relationships between blacks and law-enforcement officials.

Burris presents with compassion and insight a measured analysis of tensions between police and the people they are meant to protect. In this important and moving work, he offers solutions for ending the cycle of police and civilian distrust.


About John L. Burris

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Burris is a nationally recognized civil rights attorne Catherine Whitney is a New York-based writer who has written or cowritten more than forty books on a wide range of topics. She is the author of "The Calling: A Year in the Life of an Order of Nuns" and the coauthor with nine female U.S. senators of "Nine and Counting: The Women of the Senate".
Published September 13, 1999 by St. Martin's Press. 256 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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Careful to avoid listing ""a catalog of horrors,"" Burris calmly spells out the details of several headline-grabbing incidents of police violence, such as the 1997 broomstick rape of a Haitian immigrant in a New York City police station and the 1991 savage beating by cops of the late rapper Tupac...

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