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The Limits of Community Policing: Civilian Power and Police Accountability in Black and Brown Los Angeles

Luis Daniel Gascón and Aaron Roussell


Community policing structures erected in the wake of rising crime rates and civil disorder throughout the 1990s were supposed to provide civilians a platform from which to influence law enforcement policy. Yet the fires that burned in Ferguson in 2014 raise doubts about how much influence the public has on police, particularly in marginalized communities. This book challenges the common narrative that community policing has democratized the police, when there is ample evidence that US police powers have expanded alongside the proliferation of community-based strategies. It reveals how communit ... More

Keywords: community policing, urban riots, legitimacy, liberalism, responsibilization, race/ethnic relations, Los Angeles, urban sociology, collaborative ethnography

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781479871209
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479871209.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Luis Daniel Gascón, author
University of San Francisco

Aaron Roussell, author
Portland State University