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Published annually since 1972, the Historic Documents series has made primary source research easy by presenting excerpts from documents on the important events of each year for the United States and the World. Each volume pairs 60 to 70 original background narratives with well over 100 documents to chronicle the major events of the year, from official reports and surveys to speeches from leaders and opinion makers, to court cases, legislation, testimony, and much more. Historic Documents is renowned for the well-written and informative background, history, and context it provides for each document. Organized chronologically, each volume covers the same wide range of topics: business, the economy and labor; energy, environment, science, technology, and transportation; government and politics; health and social services; international affairs; national security and terrorism; and rights and justice. Each volume begins with an insightful essay that sets the year’s events in context, and each document or group of documents is preceded by a comprehensive introduction that provides background information on the event. Full-source citations are provided. Readers have easy access to material through a detailed, thematic table of contents, and each event includes references to related coverage and documents from the last ten editions of the series.

State and Federal Officials React to Police Use of Force : June 4, June 12, June 17, June 25, July 1, and August 7, 2020
State and Federal Officials React to Police Use of Force
Heather Kerrigan

Two high-profile killings of unarmed Black individuals by police in 2020 resulted in nationwide calls to rethink the policing model used around the country. Some jurisdictions opted to reduce police department funding in favor of sending more money to other community services, others outlawed certain practices including no-knock warrants and chokeholds, and one city’s leaders pledged to disband their police force altogether. In Congress, Democrats took on the issue of qualified immunity, which prevents officers from being held personally liable for certain actions performed ...

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