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A City Divided: Race, Fear and the Law in Police Confrontations

A City Divided: Race, Fear and the Law in Police Confrontations

By David Harris

When a high school honors student emerges from a police confrontation outside his home bruised and beaten, and facing serious criminal charges, an American city erupts in protests. A long quest for justice begins. "A City Divided" uncovers what happened and examines if race, fear and police conduct answer key questions that have become all too familiar. What goes wrong in these police confrontations and why? Can the courts find justice? And how can we prevent these tragedies in the future?

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ISBN:9781785271144

November 2019

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A high school honors student with no police record encounters the police outside his home. He emerges from the confrontation bruised and beaten. The police charge him with serious crimes; he swears he did nothing wrong. When the story becomes public, an American city faces protests, deep division and a long quest for justice.

"A City Divided" tells the story of the case involving 18-year-old Jordan Miles and three Pittsburgh Police officers. The book takes an in-depth look at the opposing stories, and at race and the fear it incites, to find answers. What happened between the police and the teen, and what went wrong? Can the courts respond in a way that finds a just solution? And how can we prevent these tragedies in the future?

David Harris, a resident of Pittsburgh and the Sally Ann Semenko Chair at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, describes what happened, explaining how a case that began with a young black man walking around the block in his own neighborhood turned Pittsburgh inside out, resulted in two investigations of the police officers and two federal trials. Harris, who has written, published and conducted research at the intersection of race, criminal justice and the law for almost thirty years, explains not just what happened but why, what the stakes are and, most importantly, what we must do differently to avoid these public safety catastrophes.

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David Harris teaches criminal law at the University of Pittsburgh Law School, USA. His earlier books, articles and research deal with the intersection of criminal justice, policing and race relations.

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Table of Contents

1. The Incident; Part I: What Happened?; 2. The People and the Places; 3. The Immediate Aftermath; 4. Investigations and Decisions; 5. The Remaining Arena: Civil Litigation; Part II: Why Did This Happen?; 6. The Poison of Race; 7. How Fear Impacts the Police; 8. How Fear Impacts Black Americans; 9. If He Didn’t Do Anything, Then Why Did He Run?; Part III: Was Justice Served?; 10. The First Trial: Jordan’s Case; 11. The First Trial: The Police Case; 12. The Second Trial; Part IV: What’s Next?; 13. What Can We Do?; Epilogue; Glossary; Index.

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