Blue-Coated Terror By Jeffrey S. Adler

  • Narrated by: Arnell Powell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • Release date: 04-23-24

Blue-Coated Terror By Jeffrey S. Adler AudioBook summary

A searing chronicle of how racist violence became an ingrained facet of policing in the United States.

Contrary to competing popular beliefs, police violence against African Americans has neither remained unchanged since the era of slavery nor is it a recent phenomenon disconnected from the past. In Bluecoated Terror, Jeffrey S. Adler draws on rich archival accounts to show how racialized police brutality is part of a larger system of state oppression with roots in the early twentieth-century South, particularly New Orleans.

Wide racial differentials in the use of lethal force and beatings during arrest and interrogation emerged in the 1930s and 1940s. Adler explains how race control and crime control blended and blurred during this era, when police officers and criminal justice officials began to justify systemic violence against Black people as a crucial—and legal—tool for maintaining law and order.


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