This centennial collection of essays and original research studies captures the varied spectrum of philosophies and concerns of the Board and staff of the National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD) over the past century . The criminological experts represented in this volume are renowned for their study and research into the far reaches of this field of study. As a chronicle of the NCCD’s development, editors Barry Krisberg, Susan Marchionna, and Christopher Baird include some of the most groundbreaking material to come out of the workings of this unique American institution.

The Color of Law and the Issue of Color: Race and the Abuse of Police Power

The color of law and the issue of color: Race and the abuse of police power
Hubert G.Locke

Every public officer who under color of authority, without necessity, assaults or beats any person is guilty of a violation of [law].

—Judge Stanley Weisberg's instructions to the jury in the state trial of the four officers accused of using excessive force against Rodney G. King

This chapter addresses a feature of the issue of police use of excessive force in which the problems of discussion are as much definitional and political as they are empirical and analytical. The definitional and political problems are intertwined; a number of persons might prefer—perhaps insist—that the issue be ...

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