This book traces police brutality, corruption and oppression in police departments in major American cities: from the Rodney King beating, caught on videotape in Los Angeles in 1991; corruption in the Albuquerque Police Department; a 62-police vehicle chase in Cleveland which resulted in the deaths of two unarmed suspects; the chokehold death of Eric Garner in Staten Island; the death of Michael Harris in Ferguson, Missouri and police and civic corruption in Ferguson; the death of 12-year old Tamir Rice in Cleveland; the death of Freddie Grey in Baltimore and others.
It contains two complete U. S. Department of Justice investigations: police corruption in Albuquerque, New Mexico and police and city government corruption in Ferguson, Missouri.
The book also lists the multi-millions of dollars paid out in wrongful-death lawsuits in recent years in Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York City, Oakland, and Philadelphia; public funds which could have been far better spent on civic improvements: schools, parks, infrastructure projects, social programs and the like.
This book is truly a horrific indictment of police misconduct throughout the United States.
This is a companion book to "At the Dangerous Edge of Social Justice: Race , Violence and Death in America," by the same author, published in 2013. It is also available as an e-book,.