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FREE READ ¼ Ghettoside A True Story of Murder in America Who are never arrested for their crimes But as soon as the case was assigned to Detective John Skaggs the odds shifted Here is the kaleidoscopic story of the uintessential American murder one young black man slaying another and a determined crew of detectives whose creed was to pursue justice at a. If it s sadness you re after we have it right here by the bucketful One 16 year old kid named Devin Davis on May 11 2007 walked round the corner from St Andrews Place onto 80th Street Los Angeles and closed his eyes and pointed a gun towards two other black kids One of the shots hit one of them in the head an 18 year old named Bryant Tennelle who was the son of an LA detective and he diedBryant Tennelle Some time later Devin was uestioned and confessed pretty uickly It turned out that he hadn t realised he d killed anyone until much later He thought what he was doing was throwing a few rounds at some rival gangsters maybe hit one in the arm if the guy was unlucky He said I ain t never think I d hurt somebody I ain t never did want to hurt nobody in this world I always just wanted to be a person everyone was just cool with Everybody just liking me I never did want to ever ever ever ever ever my whole life never wanted to hurt nobodyBeing a person others would be cool with meant not being a punk Not being a punk meant that if somebody for instance suggested making a few rival Crips bangers run like rabbits Devon would say yes I got out of the car closed my eyes and I just started doing it I don t know why I was scared I didn t want nobody thinking of me as no bitch or nothing I just wanted to have friends That s all I wanted I didn t think you had to do all thatFrom pages 34 and 40 In 1993 black men in their early twenties in Los Angeles County died by homicide at a rate of 368 per 100000 population similar to the per capita rate of death for US soldiers deployed to Ira in the aftermath of the US invasion The smallest ghettoside spat seemed to escalate to violence as if absent law people were left with no other means of bringing a dispute to a close Debts and competition over goods and women especially women drove many killings But insults snitching drunken antics and the classic unwanted party guests were also common homicide motivesThis book comes at you like Jill Leovy has discovered this major ghastly secret at the heart of American life black on black homicide Jill doesn t herself believe this is hold the front page news but her book often reads as if it does In fact she knows she hasn t discovered this information just check out the amazing bibliography at the back but maybe she thinks she has RE discovered it And that has to be a good thing In the two years which followed the murder of Bryant Tennelle 546 black men and boys were killed in South Los Angeles I remember the flurry of great black American movies at the beginning of the 1990s which all dealt with this very issue front and centre Boyz n the Hood Menace II Society New Jack City Jungle Fever Those movies still ring in my head today so powerful were they At the very same time came David Simon s brilliant book Homicide which as it s all about Balti was also all about black on black homicide After which came the all time great tv show Homicide Life on the Street 1993 to 1999 There was this one episode which really got to me well there were a lot that did A black woman is in the police station waiting room and another black woman comes in They get to talking in fact the first one needs someone to talk to That morning she found out her son had been killed The second one is immediately sympathetic she knows what being a black mother in Balti means But then little details of the first woman s son emerge and where and how he was killed and the atmosphere begins to freeze The second woman is down at the station because her son has just been arrested for this very murder And after Homicide came The Wire so it s not like this is unexamined territory We kind of know this stuff already But that s the problem right there It s become accepted as background radiation something that happens there and not here too massive and too disturbing to think about Jill Leovy s fast bold and blunt prose takes the whole subject head on Again In many ways this is David Simon s book Part Two JL was embedded with a homicide unit followed some cases in detail got to know some of the detectives very well and here are her findings You also get the procedural stuff you might get in a Richard Price novel one of the three biggies Freedomland Clockers and Lush Life And mixed in with that you get the altpolitical history perspective of Mike Davis City of uartz subtitle Excavating the Future in Los Angeles All crammed down into 330 exhausting pages On p 242 she observes that homicide rates amongst eually poor new immigrants from Central America are way way lower than those for LA blacks Poverty in itself does not make men shoot each other But In the year 2000 decades after the courts struck down restrictive covenants black people in LA were no likely to have white neighbours than they had been in 1970 Indices of racial segregation are strong homicide predictors Homicide thrives on intimacy communal interactions barter and a shared sense of private rules The intimacy part was also why homicide was so stubbornly intraracial You had to be involved with people to want to kill themBy contrast America s lonely atomized upper middle class white suburbs were not homicidal Their highly mobile occupants were not much involved with each other In passing one really surprising thing about Ghettoside was the absence of drugs as a big motivator in violent crime In the last few pages JL reports that homicide rates are now declining as of 201011 but are of course still sky high by comparison with the rest of the population of the USA Although Jill Leovy s cast of thousands most of whom come with a pungent three line pen portrait and hectic circumstance who did what to who when and who said it went down way different than that and how the police departments got reorganised and how thir office stationary budgets were affected and how the careers of her favourite murder cops went is uite exhausting and the reader will feel like they have been through the wringer than once I give it up for Ghettoside It s great stuff Untitled Happy Birthday later Devin was uestioned and confessed pretty uickly It turned out that he hadn t realised he d killed anyone until much Blue Fire later He thought what he was doing was throwing a few rounds at some rival gangsters maybe hit one in the arm if the guy was unlucky He said I ain t never think I d hurt somebody I ain t never did want to hurt nobody in this world I always just wanted to be a person everyone was just cool with Everybody just The Italians Commanding Proposal liking me I never did want to ever ever ever ever ever my whole Effective Sales Enablement life never wanted to hurt nobodyBeing a person others would be cool with meant not being a punk Not being a punk meant that if somebody for instance suggested making a few rival Crips bangers run Analog Integrated Circuit Design by Simulation like rabbits Devon would say yes I got out of the car closed my eyes and I just started doing it I don t know why I was scared I didn t want nobody thinking of me as no bitch or nothing I just wanted to have friends That s all I wanted I didn t think you had to do all thatFrom pages 34 and 40 In 1993 black men in their early twenties in Los Angeles County died by homicide at a rate of 368 per 100000 population similar to the per capita rate of death for US soldiers deployed to Ira in the aftermath of the US invasion The smallest ghettoside spat seemed to escalate to violence as if absent Girl Wash Your Face Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are so You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be law people were Geddy Lee's Big Beautiful Book of Bass left with no other means of bringing a dispute to a close Debts and competition over goods and women especially women drove many killings But insults snitching drunken antics and the classic unwanted party guests were also common homicide motivesThis book comes at you When and Where I Enter The Impact of Black Women on Race and Sex in America life black on black homicide Jill doesn t herself believe this is hold the front page news but her book often reads as if it does In fact she knows she hasn t discovered this information just check out the amazing bibliography at the back but maybe she thinks she has RE discovered it And that has to be a good thing In the two years which followed the murder of Bryant Tennelle 546 black men and boys were killed in South Los Angeles I remember the flurry of great black American movies at the beginning of the 1990s which all dealt with this very issue front and centre Boyz n the Hood Menace II Society New Jack City Jungle Fever Those movies still ring in my head today so powerful were they At the very same time came David Simon s brilliant book Homicide which as it s all about Balti was also all about black on black homicide After which came the all time great tv show Homicide Life on the Street 1993 to 1999 There was this one episode which really got to me well there were a The Image of You lot that did A black woman is in the police station waiting room and another black woman comes in They get to talking in fact the first one needs someone to talk to That morning she found out her son had been killed The second one is immediately sympathetic she knows what being a black mother in Balti means But then Myers Briggs Typology Vs Jungian Individuation little details of the first woman s son emerge and where and how he was killed and the atmosphere begins to freeze The second woman is down at the station because her son has just been arrested for this very murder And after Homicide came The Wire so it s not Myers Briggs Typology vs Jungian Individuation like this is unexamined territory We kind of know this stuff already But that s the problem right there It s become accepted as background radiation something that happens there and not here too massive and too disturbing to think about Jill Leovy s fast bold and blunt prose takes the whole subject head on Again In many ways this is David Simon s book Part Two JL was embedded with a homicide unit followed some cases in detail got to know some of the detectives very well and here are her findings You also get the procedural stuff you might get in a Richard Price novel one of the three biggies Freedomland Clockers and Lush Life And mixed in with that you get the altpolitical history perspective of Mike Davis City of uartz subtitle Excavating the Future in Los Angeles All crammed down into 330 exhausting pages On p 242 she observes that homicide rates amongst eually poor new immigrants from Central America are way way Fever A Novel lower than those for LA blacks Poverty in itself does not make men shoot each other But In the year 2000 decades after the courts struck down restrictive covenants black people in LA were no Victoria likely to have white neighbours than they had been in 1970 Indices of racial segregation are strong homicide predictors Homicide thrives on intimacy communal interactions barter and a shared sense of private rules The intimacy part was also why homicide was so stubbornly intraracial You had to be involved with people to want to kill themBy contrast America s Eminent Victorians lonely atomized upper middle class white suburbs were not homicidal Their highly mobile occupants were not much involved with each other In passing one really surprising thing about Ghettoside was the absence of drugs as a big motivator in violent crime In the The Victorians last few pages JL reports that homicide rates are now declining as of 201011 but are of course still sky high by comparison with the rest of the population of the USA Although Jill Leovy s cast of thousands most of whom come with a pungent three Navigating Social Journalism line pen portrait and hectic circumstance who did what to who when and who said it went down way different than that and how the police departments got reorganised and how thir office stationary budgets were affected and how the careers of her favourite murder cops went is uite exhausting and the reader will feel My Biggest Mistake like they have been through the wringer than once I give it up for Ghettoside It s great stuff

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FREE READ ¼ Ghettoside A True Story of Murder in America Ll costs for its forgotten victims Ghettoside is a fast paced narrative of a devastating crime an intimate portrait of detectives and a community bonded in tragedy and a surprising new lens into the great subject of murder in America why it happens and how the plague of killings might yet be stoppe. This is a masterpiece If this doesn t win the National Book Award and a ton of other awards then literary awards are really and truly bankrupt I was a fan of Leovy s Homicide Blog the original name for The Homicide Report in so far as someone can be a fan of a project to catalog every homicide in LA county Still it felt like important work and this book continues in its steps The point of the Homicide Report was to bring attention in whatever way possible to every homicide regardless of circumstance To say that every murder is a tragedy and that every life matters This book makes it plain why that s so important to do If you don t the signal is uite clear some lives specifically those of black people don t matter In fact the point of this book could be summed roughly by saying that the low clearance rate that s the percentage of murders that get solved sends the clear message that black lives don t matter which then leads to insanely high murder rates among African Americans The book posits that if murders were solved less murders would be committed that the main problem that inner city blacks faced was that they lived in an area where the state had lost its monopoly on violence Kind of a radical idea really A few key uotes from the bookIn 1993 black men in their early twenties in Los Angeles County died by homicide at a rate of 368 per 100000 population similar to the per capita rate of death for US soldiers deployed to Ira in the aftermath of the 2003 invasionLegal scholar Randall Kennedy was a lonely voice among his peers when he asserted that the principal injury suffered by African Americans in relation to criminal matters is not overenforcement but underenforcement of the laws The killing of a human being anywhere is like a rock thrown in a pond Bitter waves emanate outward washing over an ever wider circle of friends colleagues and acuaintances finally lapping against those distant from the impact point friends of friends old classmates all to some measure sickened by the taint of this news murder so awful so unbelievable no degree of separation big enough to neutralize its poisonHe believed in his heart that violence comes first that law is built on the state s response to violence and that responding was better than preventing It was true to the spirit of the law and in the long run effectiveLeovy does a tremendous job not just making this a book that catalogs abstract misery but rather the story of specific people specific tragedies Specifically it s the story of the death of Bryant Tennelle the son of LAPD detective Wally Tennelle and all of the people involved From the kids and they were kids really who shot him to the detectives and prosecutors who sought justice Through this one case as well as others like it she sheds light on The Monster the plague of horrible violence that holds so many its grip Whatever TLDR you should read this book It s important sure but to the point it s a great read Untitled Happy Birthday literary awards are really and truly bankrupt I was a fan of Leovy s Homicide Blog the original name for The Homicide Report in so far as someone can be a fan of a project to catalog every homicide in LA county Still it felt Blue Fire like important work and this book continues in its steps The point of the Homicide Report was to bring attention in whatever way possible to every homicide regardless of circumstance To say that every murder is a tragedy and that every The Italians Commanding Proposal life matters This book makes it plain why that s so important to do If you don t the signal is uite clear some Effective Sales Enablement lives specifically those of black people don t matter In fact the point of this book could be summed roughly by saying that the Analog Integrated Circuit Design by Simulation low clearance rate that s the percentage of murders that get solved sends the clear message that black Girl Wash Your Face Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are so You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be lives don t matter which then Geddy Lee's Big Beautiful Book of Bass leads to insanely high murder rates among African Americans The book posits that if murders were solved When and Where I Enter The Impact of Black Women on Race and Sex in America lived in an area where the state had The Image of You lost its monopoly on violence Kind of a radical idea really A few key uotes from the bookIn 1993 black men in their early twenties in Los Angeles County died by homicide at a rate of 368 per 100000 population similar to the per capita rate of death for US soldiers deployed to Ira in the aftermath of the 2003 invasionLegal scholar Randall Kennedy was a Myers Briggs Typology Vs Jungian Individuation lonely voice among his peers when he asserted that the principal injury suffered by African Americans in relation to criminal matters is not overenforcement but underenforcement of the Myers Briggs Typology vs Jungian Individuation laws The killing of a human being anywhere is Fever A Novel like a rock thrown in a pond Bitter waves emanate outward washing over an ever wider circle of friends colleagues and acuaintances finally Victoria lapping against those distant from the impact point friends of friends old classmates all to some measure sickened by the taint of this news murder so awful so unbelievable no degree of separation big enough to neutralize its poisonHe believed in his heart that violence comes first that Eminent Victorians law is built on the state s response to violence and that responding was better than preventing It was true to the spirit of the The Victorians law and in the Navigating Social Journalism long run effectiveLeovy does a tremendous job not just making this a book that catalogs abstract misery but rather the story of specific people specific tragedies Specifically it s the story of the death of Bryant Tennelle the son of LAPD detective Wally Tennelle and all of the people involved From the kids and they were kids really who shot him to the detectives and prosecutors who sought justice Through this one case as well as others My Biggest Mistake like it she sheds The Scenic Route A Novel light on The Monster the plague of horrible violence that holds so many its grip Whatever TLDR you should read this book It s important sure but to the point it s a great read

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FREE READ ¼ Ghettoside A True Story of Murder in America On a warm spring evening in South Los Angeles a young man was shot and killed on a sidewalk minutes away from his home one of hundreds of young men slain in LA every year His assailant ran down the street jumped into an SUV and vanished hoping to join the vast majority of killers in American cities. Like the schoolyard bully our criminal justice system harasses people on small pretexts but is exposed as a coward before murder It hauls masses of black men through its machinery but fails to protect them from both bodily injury and death It is at once oppressive and inadeuate This is a book about a very simple idea where the criminal justice system fails to respond vigorously to violent injury and death homicide becomes endemic There is a plague loose in the land A dark long time resident that deals in sudden death trimming the upper number in the life expectancy range with a meataxe The truth is not easy It is not the sort of uni dimensional flat surface that some politicians and most mainstream media find so attractive It is not good vs bad although there is plenty of both to go around It is not lazy versus industrious although there is a plentiful supply of both sorts of people The truth is multifaceted reflecting light from and to diverse directions It is comprised of the accretions of time and experience and is held in place by ignorance greed and expectation But unless one can get a handle on the truth appreciate its reality its many facets see past its PR there can never be any hope of replacing it with a better truth a less desperate truth a less murderous truth How s this for a truth Black men make up 6 % of the population yet make up 40% of murder victims Jill Leovy from NPR Jill Leovy has been digging at the truth for a long time She began as a crime reporter for the LA Times in 2002 and had a front row seat for the wave of homicide that washed over the southern parts of the city of angels So many murders yet so little reportage Even to many of the cops involved the victims were considered less than human not worthy of much notice Leovy decided that attention needed to be paid beginning an on line Homicide Report at the LA Times that provided the specifics of every homicide in the city putting faces to the relentlessly growing numbers of murder victims Leovy spent years embedded with LAPD homicide detectives and maintained close contact with the families of victims Focusing on one particular killing from 2007 she uses this as a narrative core around which she builds her description and analysis It is an insightful surprising and enlightening view into a very dark reality Forty years after the civil rights movement impunity for the murder of black men remained America s great though mostly invisible race problem The institutions of criminal justice so remorseless in other ways in an era of get tough sentencing and preventive policing remained feeble when it came to answering for the lives of black murder victims Few experts examine what was evident every day of John Skaggs s working life that the state s inability to catch and punish even a bare majority of murderers in black enclaves such as Watts was itself a root cause of the violence and that this was a terrible problem perhaps the most terrible thing in contemporary American life The system s failure to catch killers effectively made black lives cheap Leovy offers perspectives from both sides of the blue line Her primary focus is on a detective who gets it John Skaggs a big Mic of a cop with a brain to match his large frame Understanding that as long as black lives were held cheap the killing would continue Skaggs made it his mission to make black lives expensive Instead of blowing off the killing he took it on himself to dig in find ways and take killers off the street Leovy tells the story of Skaggs pursuit of truth and justice if not exactly the American wayJohn Skaggs from The TelegraphOne of the many strengths of Leovy s book is her use of historical context How did this or that come to be Where did it come from What keeps it afloat What are the forces that keep it from changing Another is her consideration of why it is so difficult to prosecute violent crimes in lawless places and why the police are so ready to employ tactics like stop and frisk and neighborhood sweeps And why there are some places the police prefer to avoid This practice of using proxy crimes to substitute for difficult and expensive investigations was widespread in American law enforcement The legal scholar William J Stuntz singled it out as a particularly damaging trend of recent decades In California proxy justice had transformed enforcement of parole and probation into a kind of shadow legal system sparing the state the trouble of expensive prosecutions When effective law enforcement no longer applies in a place local law steps in to fill the vacuum whether that law is gang based or a manifestation of a religious movement as in Ira or Afghanistan It is no puzzle why a part of the Windy City is called Chi ra When your business dealings are illegal you have no legal recourse Many poor underclass men of Watts had little to live on except a couple hundred dollars a month in county General Relief They cliued up for all sorts of illegal enterprises not just selling drugs and pimping but also fraudulent check schemes tax cons unlicensed car repair businesses or hair braiding Some bounced from hustle to hustle They bartered goods struck deals and shared proceeds all off the books Violence substituted for contract litigation Young men in Watts freuently compared their participation in so called gang culture to the way white collar businessmen sue customers competitors or suppliers in civil courts They spoke of policing themselves adjudicating their own disputes Other people call the police when they need help explained an East Coast Crip gang member We pick up the phone and call out homeboys There are other sources for what happens to innocent victims caught up in such sweeps I recommend Matt Taibbi s The Divide for that But that is not what Leovy is attending to here and it is indeed only one part of the larger storyBryant Tennelle from The Telegraph I was amazed by the level of detail Leovy brought to bear informing the thrust of her argument Not only police blotter data but on the scene reportage interviews with people affected by the crimes and by the structure of life lived in what is in a way a walled off community Her information is not merely statistical and analytical It is personal Her people are very much living breathing individuals not catalog entries There are both residents and cops who are trying to cope with a huge challenge in a system that is not all that amenable to change Change costs money and we all know how much politicians love to boast about keeping costs downThe politics of policing is also given some attention Why do cops work here rather than there Why do detectives choose this assignment over that Do they even have a choice What motivates the uniformed police the detectives What do they hope to accomplish What do they think they can accomplish How do they go about their business How are policing resources allocatedIf I have any gripes about the book it might be that Leovy traces a bit of a halo around Skaggs He may be a bit too good to be real But then again he may not What sort of world is it in which a portrayal of actual decency is considered suspect Other cops are given attention as well This is not all the Detective Skaggs show Jill Leovy has written a must read tour de force a brilliant look into a deadly intractable problem that not only plagues black urban areas but that challenges the very rule of law itself The next time you see local news in the daily tabloid or yellow dog nightly coverage on the tube If it bleeds it leads ascribing the death of a black man to gang violence you might think twice about taking that at face value The next time you see statistics on the number of deaths in a year for a given location you might wonder how many of those were actually reported on how many of those were truly investigated or how many times the local PD might blow it off as NHI No Human Involved You will learn something new here You will see a reality that has been there for a long time but that has been kept out of sight by a combination of indifferent law enforcement inattentive media and cheapskate politicians Leovy offers the faceted lenses you need to gain a better focus on the reality One of Skaggs s colleagues picked up a word a Watts gang member used to describe his neighborhood ghettoside The term captured the situation nicely mixing geography and status with the hustler s poetic precision and perverse conceit It was both a place and a predicament and gave a name to that otherworldly seclusion that all violent black pockets of the country had in common Athens Willowbrook parts of Long Beach Watts There was a sameness to these places and the policing that went on in them John Skaggs was ghettoside all the way Some people care Black lives do matter But it is important to find specific places where the notion can be applied to the levers and gears of reality to effect a desired result Some people are trying to change things Some people are trying to push down on the lever of prosecuting the killers of black men But this is a huge mountain and it will take a lot of pushing to make it move Ghettoside could just as easily have been titled Ghetto cide and that really is what it is all about Review posted 121815Publication dates 12715 hardcover 102715 Trade PaperEXTRA STUFF Ghettoside is named a 2015 notable non fiction book by the Washington Post Ghettoside is named to the NY Times 100 Notable Books list for 2015Interviews The Daily Show extended NPR Weekend Edition audio NPR Fresh Air with Dave Davies audio PBS Tavis Smiley video New Republic Dan Slater print LA Weekly Joe Donnelly from 2008 re her Homicide Report projectIn light of the recent spate of killings Greg Howard s 7816 piece in the NY Times is worth reading How Police See Us and How They Train Us to See ThemIn a vacuum it isn t natural to pre emptively shoot people to death just as in a vacuum it isn t natural to keep your gun trained on a person who has been rendered incapacitated and is bleeding out before you This is specialized behavior the sort expected from military forces entering unfamiliar war zones Soldiers are trained to consider everyone and everything a potential threat to neutralize any man woman or child who could potentially cause them harm The highest priorities are to protect themselves and to accomplish their mission and that reuires the trained dehumanization of the local population In such an environment the burden of not killing is lifted from the soldiers and local people are tasked with the burden of not provoking deathAugust 10 2016 an alarming NY Times piece on a Justice Department study that looked into police bias Findings of Police Bias in Balti Validate What Many Have Long FeltThis 93016 NY Times Op ed piece by Matthew Desmond and Andrew Papachristo illustrates a particular element of what goes into police community relations Why Don t You Just Call the CopsThis 10716 NY Times report by Benjamin Mueller and Al Baker looks at how crime in a poor neighborhood affecting minority people is not given the same treatment as crimes against white people in middle class areas Also on how the unwillingness of witnesses to speak up contributes to a cycle of violence Powerful and depressing A Mother Is Shot Dead on a Playground and a Sea of Witnesses Goes Silent121416 NY Times A Man Is Shot in the Back and Only the Police Are Kept in the Dark By James C McKinley Jr Ashley Southall and Al Baker another tale of a murder unsolved because witnesses fear retaliation82817 NY Times Trump Reverses Restrictions on Military Hardware for Police by Adam Goldman as if we need for people to feel even as if they are living in an occupied territory382018 Buzzfeed an in depth report on how secret NYPD files show that many NYC police guilty of serious crimes are left unpunished dark stuff and not all that surprising BUSTED by Kendall Taggert and Mike Hayes32119 The Daily Beast Florida Cops Under Fire for Violent Incidents With Black Women by Pilar Melendez This is why people turn to non police solutions to criminal problems Innocent Fire land A dark Riverbeast Book 3 long time resident that deals in sudden death trimming the upper number in the Der Duden in 12 Bäden Band 10 life expectancy range with a meataxe The truth is not easy It is not the sort of uni dimensional flat surface that some politicians and most mainstream media find so attractive It is not good vs bad although there is plenty of both to go around It is not A Much Needed Holiday lazy versus industrious although there is a plentiful supply of both sorts of people The truth is multifaceted reflecting Innocent Fire light from and to diverse directions It is comprised of the accretions of time and experience and is held in place by ignorance greed and expectation But unless one can get a handle on the truth appreciate its reality its many facets see past its PR there can never be any hope of replacing it with a better truth a Jensen Ackles 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live on except a couple hundred dollars a month in county General Relief They cliued up for all sorts of illegal enterprises not just selling drugs and pimping but also fraudulent check schemes tax cons unlicensed car repair businesses or hair braiding Some bounced from hustle to hustle They bartered goods struck deals and shared proceeds all off the books Violence substituted for contract Las hadas (Leo Y Veo...) larger storyBryant Tennelle from The Telegraph I was amazed by the Kidnapped Hearts Band of Friends #1 level of detail Leovy brought to bear informing the thrust of her argument Not only police blotter data but on the scene reportage interviews with people affected by the crimes and by the structure of Forgiveness Parade lived in what is in a way a walled off community Her information is not merely statistical and analytical It is personal Her people are very much 盾の勇者の成り上がり 1 living breathing individuals not catalog entries There are both residents and cops who are trying to cope with a huge challenge in a system that is not all that amenable to change Change costs money and we all know how much politicians Ties That Bind love to boast about keeping costs downThe politics of policing is also given some attention Why do cops work here rather than there Why do detectives choose this assignment over that Do they even have a choice What motivates the uniformed police the detectives What do they hope to accomplish What do they think they can accomplish How do they go about their business How are policing resources allocatedIf I have any gripes about the book it might be that Leovy traces a bit of a halo around Skaggs He may be a bit too good to be real But then again he may not What sort of world is it in which a portrayal of actual decency is considered suspect Other cops are given attention as well This is not all the Detective Skaggs show Jill Leovy has written a must read tour de force a brilliant The Secret Law of Attraction look into a deadly intractable problem that not only plagues black urban areas but that challenges the very rule of Stinker's Return law itself The next time you see No One Is Unemployable local news in the daily tabloid or yellow dog nightly coverage on the tube If it bleeds it Pachinko Machine Restoration leads ascribing the death of a black man to gang violence you might think twice about taking that at face value The next time you see statistics on the number of deaths in a year for a given Bringing Down the Mountains The Impact of Mountaintop Removal Surface Coal Mining on southern West Virginia Communities 1970 2004 local PD might blow it off as NHI No Human Involved You will The Cultures of the West Volume 1 long time but that has been kept out of sight by a combination of indifferent Just Jenny Blue Ridge Valley #1 law enforcement inattentive media and cheapskate politicians Leovy offers the faceted চার্ল্‌স্‌ ডারউইন ও প্রজাতির উৎপত্তি lenses you need to gain a better focus on the reality One of Skaggs s colleagues picked up a word a Watts gang member used to describe his neighborhood ghettoside The term captured the situation nicely mixing geography and status with the hustler s poetic precision and perverse conceit It was both a place and a predicament and gave a name to that otherworldly seclusion that all violent black pockets of the country had in common Athens Willowbrook parts of Long Beach Watts There was a sameness to these places and the policing that went on in them John Skaggs was ghettoside all the way Some people care Black I Love You lives do matter But it is important to find specific places where the notion can be applied to the The Passionate Princess levers and gears of reality to effect a desired result Some people are trying to change things Some people are trying to push down on the The Tunnels Under Our Feet lever of prosecuting the killers of black men But this is a huge mountain and it will take a The Rebirth of Witchcraft light of the recent spate of killings Greg Howard s 7816 piece in the NY Times is worth reading How Police See Us and How They Train Us to See ThemIn a vacuum it isn t natural to pre emptively shoot people to death just as in a vacuum it isn t natural to keep your gun trained on a person who has been rendered incapacitated and is bleeding out before you This is specialized behavior the sort expected from military forces entering unfamiliar war zones Soldiers are trained to consider everyone and everything a potential threat to neutralize any man woman or child who could potentially cause them harm The highest priorities are to protect themselves and to accomplish their mission and that reuires the trained dehumanization of the Oh shift for Teens local population In such an environment the burden of not killing is Essential Communication lifted from the soldiers and Demons by Daylight local people are tasked with the burden of not provoking deathAugust 10 2016 an alarming NY Times piece on a Justice Department study that Too Big For My Little Girl looked into police bias Findings of Police Bias in Balti Validate What Many Have Long FeltThis 93016 NY Times Op ed piece by Matthew Desmond and Andrew Papachristo illustrates a particular element of what goes into police community relations Why Don t You Just Call the CopsThis 10716 NY Times report by Benjamin Mueller and Al Baker Losing your Mind Beyond Heaven Past the Light Something Waits looks at how crime in a poor neighborhood affecting minority people is not given the same treatment as crimes against white people in middle class areas Also on how the unwillingness of witnesses to speak up contributes to a cycle of violence Powerful and depressing A Mother Is Shot Dead on a Playground and a Sea of Witnesses Goes Silent121416 NY Times A Man Is Shot in the Back and Only the Police Are Kept in the Dark By James C McKinley Jr Ashley Southall and Al Baker another tale of a murder unsolved because witnesses fear retaliation82817 NY Times Trump Reverses Restrictions on Military Hardware for Police by Adam Goldman as if we need for people to feel even as if they are Wishing Wanting Achieving living in an occupied territory382018 Buzzfeed an in depth report on how secret NYPD files show that many NYC police guilty of serious crimes are Cherry Knots Cherry Knots #1 left unpunished dark stuff and not all that surprising BUSTED by Kendall Taggert and Mike Hayes32119 The Daily Beast Florida Cops Under Fire for Violent Incidents With Black Women by Pilar Melendez This is why people turn to non police solutions to criminal problems