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FEDERAL DEPOSITORY LIBRARY
The University of South Alabama (USA) Libraries have been a Federal Depository since 1968.
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Race and Policing
In recent years, community policing and race relations has become a hot topic as a result of several tragic incidents that have caught the attention of the entire nation. The "Black Lives Matters" movement has taken center stage in its efforts to put a spotlight on the problems occurring between law enforcement and the black community.
The purpose of this libguide is to focus on the specific aspect of this movement in regards to community policing and how it relates to race relations. It brings together materials provided by the federal government which will hopefully give insight and provide background information to help inform the public. It also brings together different resources from several examples that helped bring about the "Black Lives Matters" movement.
Finding additional materials in SOUTHcat
To find books and government documents in USA Libraries' collections, use SOUTHcat: USA Libraries' Catalog.
Catalog tips and tricks:
Keyword searches – use quotation marks to hold phrases together ("racial profiling")
Truncation – use ? after the root of a word to find all its variants (discrimin? finds discrimination, discriminating ...)
Browse the Subject(s) field in records to find the right words for searches. (Example: Try doing a keyword search for "complaints against police," then look at the subject(s) field in several records. You’ll see that the subject term is "Police--Complaints against." Click the subject heading to find more records with this subject.)
Revise and refine your searches.
Watch for repeating call numbers and browse stacks in that area.
Pay attention to the Location and Status fields. You will need this information to locate the item in the library.
Sample search terms:
Subject Heading Browse:
- Racial profiling in law enforcement--United States
- Crime and race
- Civil rights--United States
- Discrimination in law enforcement--United States
- Hate crimes--United States
- Police training
- Arrest (Police methods)
- Police misconduct
- Law enforcement--Government policy
- "racial profiling"
- "use of force"
- police and complaints
Race and Policing: General Internet Resources
"Analyzing the State of U.S. Policing"
By Michael J. Kyle, Beth Coleman, David R. White, and Joseph A. Schafer,
LAW ENFORCEMENT BULLETIN, July 9, 2019
Racial Disparities in Policing: An Advisory Memorandum of the Oklahoma Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights
U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, 2021 (26 pgs)
Revisiting Who is Guarding the Guardians?: A Report on Police Practices and Civil Rights in America
U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, 2000
***Also available in Paper in Documents Bookshelves (2nd Floor South)
CR 1.2:P 75/28
Police Use of Force: Addressing Community Racial Tensions
U.S. Dept. of Justice, Community Relations Service,  (8 pgs)
***1999 ed is available in Paper in Documents Bookshelves (2nd Floor South)
J 23.3:P 75
Race and Policing: Library Resources
Government Documents Librarian & Depository Coordinator
This LibGuide was originally created by Paula Webb and is currently being updated by Vicki Tate. If you have any questions regarding content, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Last major revision: Aug. 3, 2020