Date of Award

7-1-1988

Degree Type

Dissertation

University or Center

Atlanta University (AU)

School

School of Arts and Sciences

Degree Name

Ph.D.

Department

Political Science

First Advisor

Larry Noble

Abstract

These theoretical assertions are tested through the case study of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This constitutional city has been a citadel of violence towards Blacks throughout its history. The limited efforts to thwart such has lent tacit approval to police violence. Philadelphia was the target of two unprecedented federal suits involving police brutality and the forerunner of innovative techniques to address that concern. However, negligible results of such litigation and the absence of clear guidelines governing police actions led to the unscrupulous manner in which MOVE was forced from their homes in 1978 and again in 1985. It was concluded that the reluctance of the courts to prosecute violators, coupled with the expansion of police discretion, is that lawful repression has taken precedence over human justice.

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