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
Online Databases (RHC Students
Web Site Links
Amnesty International -- California : Update on Police Brutality
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)
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)
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)
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)
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
Use of Force By Police : Overview of National and Local Data
(1999) Chapters 1-3
Use of Force by Police : Overview of National and Local Data
(1999) Chapters 4-6
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.
Databases (Rio Hondo Students only) top
Gail Virtual Reference Library
Search the Gale Virtual Reference Library for reference articles
on police brutality.
Gale Opposing Viewpoints In Context
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.
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.
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 community relations--United States
Police misconduct--United States
Use the box below to search for additional resources in Rio Hondo
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. Please note: you must be a Rio Hondo College
student, faculty, staff or board member to use these services.
The sample searches
and articles below are from the
ProQuest database. If you are viewing this
subject guide from an on-campus computer, simply click on the
links below. To gain access if you are at home or off-campus,
first click here:
https://rioweb.riohondo.edu/library/. Input your student
ID number and password [your birthdate]. You will see a
list of all the online databases to which you have access. Click on ProQuest and enter the database. You may conduct your own
searches at this point or come back to this subject guide and
click on any of the links below:
SUB(police brutality) [from Scholarly Journals only]
SUB(police brutality) AND SUB(law enforcement)
SUB(police brutality) AND GEO(Los Angeles)
Researched and evaluated by:
R. Babou, Librarian 10/2002
last update: T. Shabelnik, Librarian 3/2010