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Kayla Hollins
Professor Joy McDonald
English 101, Section 17
13 November 2015

Annotated Bibliography on Police Brutality


"Cop Block | Reporting Police Abuse, Brutality, and Corruption." Cop Block. N.p., 2009. Web.
13 Nov. 2015.
This is a website specifically for reporting and learning about situations with police
brutality. They have videos and pictures uploaded so you can see everything that is going
on. They also have social media to spread the word around and fast. Everyone should be
aware of this site, it has very helpful information. They have over a thousand different
articles on various situations. Also, they have a specific tab for resources and knowledge.
It is to inform you about what you can do if you get into a bad encounter with the police.
They have numbers and places you can call and go to talk about it. This website is an allaround helpful and informational website. It would benefit everyone to check it out.
Dottolo A.L., and Stewart A.J. ""Don't Ever Forget Now, You're a Black Man in America":
Intersections of Race, Class and Gender in Encounters with the Police." Sex Roles 59.5-6
(2008): 350-364. Print.
In this journal, the authors provide specific research they have done. They interviewed 38
middle-aged high school graduates from a Midwestern US high school. The interviewees
were both African-American and Caucasian. This journal focuses on black males and
police brutality. Some of the black interviewees give their personal story about

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encounters with excessive force by policemen. Discrimination is a key concept in this
source. Also, majority of the police encounters described in this journal are those of
younger males. They explain what they went through and how they handled the situation.
This is a reliable source because it gives insight from direct people who have experienced
it personally.
Kaplan, Paul J. "Looking Through the Gaps: A Critical Approach to the LAPD's." Social Justice
2009: 61-81. Web.
This source comes from a magazine published in 2009. It talks about an incident
involving the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) in California. The author of this
article, Paul Kaplan, is giving you a deeper look behind police brutality. A specific police
brutality incident involving a scandal. The LAPD has tried to cover up and morph parts
of a police brutality incident. Kaplan makes this source reliable by including direct
conversations from the event. He gives you incite about the laws and what went wrong on
the police departments end of the case. He brings up the issue about racism and the
views different minorities have on police and racism. This article was written to bring a
different perspective, a critical perspective, on the scandal and to bring out the truth
behind the scandal and the brutality.
McArdle, Andrea, and Tanya. Erzen. Zero Tolerance: Quality of Life and the New Police
Brutality in New York City. New York: New York University Press, 2001. Print.
This article specifically mentions four boys that have encountered brutality by police. She
refers to the brutality as a target for not only African American citizens, but also sexual
minorities and even the homeless. She specifically refers to police brutality in New York
as a multi-dimensional phenomenon. This book offers different views from different

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aspects of society, such as womens views and law views. The author makes this a
reliable source by explaining many of the statistics that accompany the problems with
police brutality. She also mentions laws and codes, such as Section 16-128 and Section
16-113 (7) (b) of the New York City Administrative code. This book is relevant to my
topic because it gives an outlook, from one of the biggest cities, on police brutality and
the Quality of Life.
Robles, Frances, and Christine Hauser. "Corey Jones, Black Drummer Killed by Police in
Florida, Had Gun." The New York Times. The New York Times, 20 Oct. 2015. Web. 13
Nov. 2015.
This is a recent newspaper article about an incident of police brutality that happened just
last month in South Miami, Florida. It is about Corey Jones, an African-American
musician, who was armed but shot and killed by police at the age of 31. The officer that
shot him, Chief Stephen J. Stepp, had only been on the job for six months. This article
tells the details of the incident and the reactions of close family and friends. Also, it gives
Jones background information and summary of his successes. This is very relevant to my
topic because it is one of the most recent situations of police brutality.