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The now-famous videotape of the beating of Rodney King precipitated a national outcry against police violence. Skolnick and Fyfe, two of the nation's top experts on law enforcement, use the incident to introduce a revealing historical analysis of such violence and the extent of its survival in law enforcement today. The now-famous videotape of the beating of Rodney King precipitated a national outcry against police violence. Skolnick and Fyfe, two of the nation's top experts on law enforcement, use the incident to introduce a revealing historical analysis of such violence and the extent of its survival in law enforcement today.


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The now-famous videotape of the beating of Rodney King precipitated a national outcry against police violence. Skolnick and Fyfe, two of the nation's top experts on law enforcement, use the incident to introduce a revealing historical analysis of such violence and the extent of its survival in law enforcement today. The now-famous videotape of the beating of Rodney King precipitated a national outcry against police violence. Skolnick and Fyfe, two of the nation's top experts on law enforcement, use the incident to introduce a revealing historical analysis of such violence and the extent of its survival in law enforcement today.

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Robert Wechsler

    This is, sadly, a very timely book, coming out as it did after the beating of Rodney King in L.A. nearly thirty years ago. It also happens to be very well written. Above the Law is a good history of the police, going back to the original Bobbies in England, of police philosophies, and of police violence. Skolnick and Fyfe provide useful context for everything that is being discussed today, but their focus is not on race. In fact, minorities are only one group that has been on the wrong side of p This is, sadly, a very timely book, coming out as it did after the beating of Rodney King in L.A. nearly thirty years ago. It also happens to be very well written. Above the Law is a good history of the police, going back to the original Bobbies in England, of police philosophies, and of police violence. Skolnick and Fyfe provide useful context for everything that is being discussed today, but their focus is not on race. In fact, minorities are only one group that has been on the wrong side of police violence. The authors also do a good job of distinguishing between police brutality and excessive violence. The only negative is that too much of the book is focused on L.A.

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