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The following guide provides Web site links, a list of selected books, and access to online periodical articles about this subject. The Web site links have been researched, evaluated, and annotated by Rio Hondo College Librarians. The Librarians have specifically selected these Web sites to meet the research needs of Rio Hondo College students

Web Site Links  

Amnesty International -- California : Update on Police Brutality (1999)     http://web.amnesty.org/library/index/ENGAMR511501999
Amnesty International's report over their concerns on police brutality in California, also mentions deaths in custody, questionable shootings, the use of pepper sprays, etc.

Deadly Force : A 20-Year Study of Fatal Encounters (2002)     http://www.fbi.gov/publications/leb/2002/april2002/april02leb.htm#page_7
A study of Minnesota peace officers who were involved in using deadly force between 1981-2000.

Human Rights Watch -- Shielded from Justice : Police Brutality and Accountability in the United States (1998)         http://www.hrw.org/reports98/police/toc.htm
This report is based on research conducted in fourteen U.S. cities over two and a half years.  Rather than focusing on one city and its police department's problem with abuse, it examined large cities representing most regions of the nation to find common obstacles to accountability.  See city profiles - Los Angeles.

Police Use of Force : Addressing Community Racial Tensions (2002)     http://www.justice.gov/crs/pubs/pubbullpoliceuseofforcedraftrevision72002.htm
The federal government's 'peacemaker,' Community Relations Services (CRS), provides some practical steps to city officials, police executives and community leaders to prevent community racial conflicts associated with police use of force incidents and to improve police policies and practices. 

Police Use of Nondeadly Force to Arrest (1997)     http://www.fbi.gov/publications/leb/1997/oct975.htm
This is an article written by a legal instructor at the FBI academy.  It discusses the level of force officers are allowed to use when making arrests.

Use of Force By Police : Overview of National and Local Data (1999) Chapters 1-3     http://www.ncjrs.org/pdffiles1/nij/176330-1.pdf
Use of Force by Police : Overview of National and Local Data (1999) Chapters 4-6     http://www.ncjrs.org/pdffiles1/nij/176330-2.pdf
This is a series of publications by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) and the Bureau of Justice statistics (BJS) that seek to inform public discussion by examining police use of force from many perspectives.  It provides an overview of the state of police use of force, updates progress on national surveys and projects on several jurisdictions, and suggestions for future research agenda on police use of force.

Online Databases (Rio Hondo Students only)   

Gail Virtual Reference Library     http://infotrac.galegroup.com/itweb/cclc_rio?db=GVRL
Search the Gale Virtual Reference Library for reference articles on police brutality.

Gale Opposing Viewpoints In Context     http://find.galegroup.com/ovrc/start.do?prodId=OVRC&userGroupName=cclc_rio
A one-stop source for information on today's hottest social issues.  Features viewpoint articles, topic overviews, full-text magazine, academic journal, and newspaper articles, primary source documents, statistics, images and podcasts, and links to Websites.

SIRS     http://sks.sirs.com
Search for "police brutality" in this database to find articles and graphics on the topic.

The following books can be located in the Rio Hondo College Library.

Reference Books

Battleground : criminal justice
Call number: Ref HV7411.B38 2007

Police misconduct in America : a reference handbook (Contemporary world issues)
Call number: Ref HV8141.C44 2001

Suggested Subject Headings
For additional titles on this topic at Rio Hondo, click on the following Library of Congress subject headings:

Discrimination in law enforcement--United States


Police brutality

Police corruption

Police community relations--United States

Police misconduct--United States

The following media can be located in the Rio Hondo College Library, to be viewed in the Library.

Twilight -- Los Angeles
Call number:  Video 001224
"On March 3, 1991, an African-American man was brutally beaten by four white Los Angeles police officers who stopped him for speeding. On April 29, 1992, when the jury's 'not guilty' verdict dismissed the officers on trial for the assault, the city ignited into three days of rioting, looting and violence that left neighborhoods smoldering. 'Twilight--Los Angeles,' adapted from Anna Deavere Smith's searing one-woman play, captures this tumultuous and challenging moment in America's race relations."--Container.

The Rio Hondo College Library provides online access to full-text articles through our online databases -  http://library.riohondo.edu/online_databases/index.htm.  Please note:  you must be a Rio Hondo College student, faculty, staff or board member to use these services.

The 3 sample searches below are from the ProQuest database.  Use Advanced Search and type each tern in a separate box:

    1.  SUB(police brutality) [from Scholarly Journals only]
    2.  SUB(police brutality) AND SUB(law enforcement)
    3.  SUB(police brutality) AND GEO(Los Angeles)

Researched and evaluated by:
R. Babou, Librarian 10/2002
last update: T. Shabelnik, Librarian 3/2010

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