Engaging seriously with the evidence on issues of crime reduction, allegations of police brutality, and unjustified lethal use of force on members of minority communities was clearly not part of Mac Donald’s purpose in writing this book. She chose instead to present a lawyer’s brief in defense of the police against charges of discriminatory treatment and over-policing of minor crime.
Richard Rosenfeld is Thomas Jefferson Professor of criminology and criminal justice at University of Missouri-St. Louis. His research interests include the social sources of violent crime, crime statistics, and crime control policy. His current research focusses on explaining U.S. crime trends. Rosenfeld served as president of the American Society of Criminology in 2010.
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The real Elvis is American, remember, and America is a consumer society. The desires we project, the stuff we buy—that is what feels real to us. It lets us have any Elvis we want. He left plenty of kitsch in his wake, plenty of pseudo-religion, plenty of Elvis jokes—but he was not, is not, a joke. He lived our contradictions, released our inhibitions, and lost himself in the process.