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Tracy L. Meares

In: The SAGE Handbook of Global Policing

Chapter 8: Police Lawfulness and Public Security

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Police Lawfulness and Public Security
Police Lawfulness and Public Security
Tracy L. Meares
INTRODUCTION

What are police1 for? For those living in the United States this question has become a searing one in the months since August 9, 2014, the date on which unarmed African American teenager Michael Brown was killed by a white police officer in Ferguson, MO. In the months following Michael Brown's death, the United States has trained its attention on fatalities resulting from incidents of police use of force occurring all over the country. Most of these incidents have been captured on some form of video – a police body camera, a surveillance camera, a cell phone of a random passer-by – and most show in visceral and palpable fashion African American males ...

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