A Tale of Three Cities

Chapter

Abstract

This chapter discusses actual examples of police shootings in three big cities, New York, London, and Mumbai in order to draw out similarities and differences in the way the shootings were presented and perceived in these cities. High profile cases of shootings that generated controversy, a lot of media interest, and elicited a strong reaction from the public and the police organisation alike are discussed in some detail. The subtle nuances of the way the story is presented by the police, interpreted and disseminated by the media, and perceived by the public and the courts in the three cities highlight the universal nature of the problem of police shootings: that is the police are perceived as getting away with abuse of deadly force, not just in former colonies and dictatorial or military regimes, but in democracies.

Keywords

Sugar Dust Smoke Pier Defend 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Jill Dando Institute of Crime ScienceUniversity College LondonLondonUK

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