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The history of policing America : from militias and military to the law enforcement of today

Author: Laurence French
Publisher: Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield, [2018]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"America's first known system of law enforcement was established more than 350 years ago. Today law enforcement faces issues such as racial discrimination, use of force, and Body Worn Camera (BWC) scrutiny. But the birth and development of the American police can be traced to a multitude of historical, legal and political-economic conditions. [This book] traces how and why law enforcement agencies evolved and became  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
French, Laurence, 1941-
Policing America.
Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield, [2017]
(DLC) 2017051500
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Laurence French
ISBN: 9781538102039 153810203X
OCLC Number: 1008759017
Description: viii, 263 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Part I. Origins of U.S. law enforcement: militias, military, marshals, and sheriffs : Introduction: Colonial roots in policing America --
Introduction to the origins of American jurisprudence --
Growing pains, 1783-1865 : insurrections, rebellions, and Indian removal --
Post-Civil War unrest and social control during the nineteenth century --
Part II. Law and order in the Americas and beyond, 1989-1946 : U.S. colonial expansionism in the Caribbean and Pacific --
Reinforcing WASP white supremacy: eugenics and Prohibition --
Post-World War II challenges to law enforcement --
Part III. Civil rights aftermath: increased militarization and racial myths enhancement : The Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act --
Role of academia in validating "institutional racism" --
The war on drugs and its escalation --
Factors contributing to the militarization of the police --
Part IV. Twenty-first-century concerns : Understanding group dynamics, biases, prejudices, and discrimination --
Assessing law enforcement personnel --
Politics and policing --
Recommendations for American law enforcement --
Postscript : An ethno-methodological note.
Responsibility: Laurence Armand French.

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