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Stewart, Gail B. 2005. "Police Brutality." Lucent Books. Print.

The strengths are that this reference does mention some very useful statistics and also the point of view of a black officer regarding racial profiling and traffic stops. A weakness is that an attorney is quoted, making a general statement that all police are racist, which is not accurate, however, it is prevalent. The main points are that Latinos and blacks are far more prone to injury/death at the hands of police in one particular coroner's office. Black leaders feel police should be able to carry out their jobs without violence. They feel it is not in their job description. It comes right out and states that police do use statistics that say which race is more likely to commit certain crimes, and they will look for those things when conducting traffic stops, which one black officer says he has no problem with. However, there's a point at which it becomes an abuse of power. Gail B Stewart, the author, received her undergraduate degree from Gustavus Adolphus College, and completed her …show more content…

2010. "The Culture of Fear: Why Americans Are Afraid of the Wrong Things-Crime, Drugs, Minorities, Teen Moms, Killer Kids, Mutant Microbes, Plane Crashes, Road Rage, and So Much More." Basic Books New York. Print.

In the chapter entitled: " Black Men: How to perpetuate prejudice without really trying" several myths are disputed with statistics. Black men are far more likely to be the victims of crime than whites, as well as dying in violent crime at a much higher rate. They have had a dramatic spike in the teen suicide rate, and face much higher disease rates in the community. All these facts are hidden by the media and society in general because they are considered to be too common. Barry Glassner is a Sociology professor at the University of Southern California. O'Brien, Gail Williams. 1999. "The Color of the Law." University of North Carolina Press. Chapel Hill.

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