Crime, Law and Social Change

, Volume 71, Issue 5, pp 461–482 | Cite as

Federal investigations of police misconduct: a multi-city comparison

  • Amanda D’SouzaEmail author
  • Ronald Weitzer
  • Rod K. Brunson


Over the past two decades, high-profile federal investigations have examined the policies and practices of several American police departments where civil rights violations and police misconduct were deemed serious by the Department of Justice. This paper focuses on four recent investigations: Baltimore, Chicago, Ferguson, and New Orleans. We examine the specific types of misconduct highlighted by the investigation of each department. Findings reveal both important similarities and differences across the four cases.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Amanda D’Souza
    • 1
    Email author
  • Ronald Weitzer
    • 2
  • Rod K. Brunson
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Criminal JusticeRutgers UniversityNewarkUSA
  2. 2.Department of SociologyGeorge Washington UniversityWashingtonUSA

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