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Police–Community Relations in Times of Crisis

Decay and Reform in the Post-Ferguson Era

By Ross Deuchar, Vaughn Crichlow and Seth Fallik

Published

30 Apr 2021

Page count

176 pages

ISBN

978-1529210613

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

30 Apr 2021

Page count

176 pages

ISBN

978-1529210606

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

30 Apr 2021

Page count

176 pages

ISBN

978-1529210637

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press
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    Police–Community Relations in Times of Crisis

    The death of Michael Brown at the hands of a white Ferguson police officer has uncovered an apparent legitimacy crisis at the heart of American policing. Some have claimed that de-policing may have led officers to become less proactive.

    How exactly has the policing of gangs and violence changed in the ‘post-Ferguson’ era? This book explores this question, drawing on participant observation field notes and in-depth interviews with officers, offenders, practitioners and community members in a Southern American State.

    As demands for police reform have once again come into focus following George Floyd’s death, this crucial book informs future policing practice to promote effective crime prevention and gain public trust.

    Ross Deuchar is Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice in the School of Education and Social Sciences at the University of the West of Scotland, UK.

    Vaughn J. Crichlow is Associate Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, and Interim Associate Dean in the College of Social Work and Criminal Justice at Florida Atlantic University, US.

    Seth W. Fallik is Assistant Professor and Undergraduate Program Coordinator in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice within the College of Social Work and Criminal Justice at Florida Atlantic University, US.

    Policing, Gangs and the “Legitimacy Crisis”: Context and Empirical Approaches

    High Profile Shootings, the Media and Police Legitimacy

    The “Ferguson Effect” and Emergence of “De-Policing”

    Proactive Policing of Gangs: Cops As “Guardians”

    Reactive Policing of Gangs: Cops As “Warriors”

    Engagement, Prevention and Police/Gang Mediation: Insights From Communities and Professional Groups

    Race, Policing and the “War on Cops”: Young Men’s Perspectives

    Future Perspectives on Policing Gangs in the Post-Ferguson Era