Edge of the Knife by Paul Chevigny
Police Violence in the Americas

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In Edge of the Knife, noted authority Paul Chevigny draws on years of field research to investigate torture and the use of deadly force, in addition to less drastic forms of violence, in New York, Los Angeles, So Paulo, Buenos Aires, Mexico City, and Kingston. Chevigny, author of the classic Police Power, examines the sources of official violence and offers possibilities for controlling it. What emerges from his work is an image of police violence as a reflection of the larger order of a city, and a convincing argument for persistent government action against crime--including accountability for police violence.

About Paul Chevigny

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Paul Chevigny is Professor of Law at New York University. He has a long-standing interest in jazz music and civil rights and has worked on problems of international human rights.
Published April 1, 1997 by New Press, The. 336 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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was absorbed into police conduct.'' One reason more than a thousand people are killed by the police in So Paulo each year is that Brazilian society divides the citizenry into ``the wild'' and ``the cultivated.'' Its police force, organized along paramilitary lines, is ``prone to use violence agai...

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The author is a professor at NYU Law School who has written a classic book on excessive police violence in New York City (Police Power, Pantheon, 1969).

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