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Shielded : how the police became untouchable / Joanna Schwartz.


In recent years, the high-profile murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and so many others have brought much-needed attention to the pervasiveness of police misconduct. Yet it remains nearly impossible to hold police accountable for abuses of power--the decisions of the Supreme Court, state and local governments, and policy makers have, over decades, made the police all but untouchable. In Shielded, University of California, Los Angeles, law professor Joanna Schwarts exposes the myriad ways in which our legal system protects police at all costs, with insightful analyses about subjects ranging from qualified immunity to no-knock warrants. The product of more than two decades of advocacy and research, Shielded is a timely and necessary investigation into why civil rights litigation so rarely leads to justice or prevents future police misconduct. -- From inside front cover.

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  • ISBN: 9780593299364
  • ISBN: 0593299361
  • Physical Description: xxi, 308 pages : 24 cm
  • Publisher: [New York] : Viking, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, [2023]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 257-308) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
How we got here -- Lawyers -- The complaint -- The Constitution -- Qualified immunity -- Suing the city -- Judges -- Juries -- Court-ordered reforms -- Officers' bank accounts -- Local government budgets -- Learning from lawsuits -- A better way.
Subject: Tort liability of police > United States.
Police misconduct > Law and legislation > United States.
Privileges and immunities > United States.

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  • 1 of 1 copy available at North Kansas City.


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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
North Kansas City Public Library 344.7305 SCHWARTZ 2023 (Text) 0001012505932 Nonfiction New Available -

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