EBOOK / PDF [Ghettoside A True Story of Murder in America]


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  • Ghettoside A True Story of Murder in America
  • Jill Leovy
  • English
  • 05 November 2019
  • 9780385529983

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    EBOOK / PDF [Ghettoside A True Story of Murder in America] We love murderLet me clarify that statement We love murder as entertainment when the victim is some poor innocent blonde woman that our hero detectives avenge with a little help from the geeks in the crime lab and the whole thing is wrapped up

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    Read & Download Ð eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF á Jill Leovy EBOOK / PDF [Ghettoside A True Story of Murder in America] Good reason to read it superb writing The characters though are so hackneyed There is Supercop the ordinary world weary father of teenagers who just wants to do his best The police team who mostly don't care at a

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    EBOOK / PDF [Ghettoside A True Story of Murder in America] This is an important book Despite overall crime rates falling nationally black homicide rates remain stubbornly high And this is only the most

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    EBOOK / PDF [Ghettoside A True Story of Murder in America] Wow This is an incredible book about murder in South Los Angeles Jill Leovy was on the police beat for the LA Times and she spent 10 years following homicide detectives and reporting on different murder cases Ghettoside goes in dept

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    review Ghettoside A True Story of Murder in America Jill Leovy á 8 Read & Download EBOOK / PDF [Ghettoside A True Story of Murder in America] This is a masterpiece If this doesn't win the National Book Award and a ton of other awards then literary awards are really and truly bankrupt I was a fan of Leovy's Homicide Blog the original name for The Homic

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    review Ghettoside A True Story of Murder in America Read & Download Ð eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF á Jill Leovy Jill Leovy á 8 Read & Download This is not a perfect book In her passion for the subject and her glowing respect for LA Homicide Detective John Skaggs Leovy's eff

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    EBOOK / PDF [Ghettoside A True Story of Murder in America] This book is about a very simple idea where the criminal justice system fails to respond vigorously to violent i

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Ghettoside A True Story of Murder in America

Read & Download Ghettoside A True Story of Murder in America ´ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF Ll costs for its forgotten victims Ghettoside is a fast paced narrative of a devastating crime an intimate portrait of detectives and a community bonded in tragedy and a surprising new lens into the great subject of murder in America why it happens and how the plague of killings might yet be stoppe. This is a masterpiece If this doesn t win the National Book Award and a ton of other awards then literary awards are really and truly bankrupt I was a fan of Leovy s Homicide Blog the original name for The Homicide Report in so far as someone can be a fan of a project to catalog every homicide in LA county Still it felt like important work and this book continues in its steps The point of the Homicide Report was to bring attention in whatever way possible to every homicide regardless of circumstance To say that every murder is a tragedy and that every life matters This book makes it plain why that s so important to do If you don t the signal is uite clear some lives specifically those of black people don t matter In fact the point of this book could be summed roughly by saying that the low clearance rate that s the percentage of murders that get solved sends the clear message that black lives don t matter which then leads to insanely high murder rates among African Americans The book posits that if murders were solved less murders would be committed that the main problem that inner city blacks faced was that they lived in an area where the state had lost its monopoly on violence Kind of a radical idea really A few key uotes from the bookIn 1993 black men in their early twenties in Los Angeles County died by homicide at a rate of 368 per 100000 population similar to the per capita rate of death for US soldiers deployed to Ira in the aftermath of the 2003 invasionLegal scholar Randall Kennedy was a lonely voice among his peers when he asserted that the principal injury suffered by African Americans in relation to criminal matters is not overenforcement but underenforcement of the laws The killing of a human being anywhere is like a rock thrown in a pond Bitter waves emanate outward washing over an ever wider circle of friends colleagues and acuaintances finally lapping against those distant from the impact point friends of friends old classmates all to some measure sickened by the taint of this news murder so awful so unbelievable no degree of separation big enough to neutralize its poisonHe believed in his heart that violence comes first that law is built on the state s response to violence and that responding was better than preventing It was true to the spirit of the law and in the long run effectiveLeovy does a tremendous job not just making this a book that catalogs abstract misery but rather the story of specific people specific tragedies Specifically it s the story of the death of Bryant Tennelle the son of LAPD detective Wally Tennelle and all of the people involved From the kids and they were kids really who shot him to the detectives and prosecutors who sought justice Through this one case as well as others like it she sheds light on The Monster the plague of horrible violence that holds so many its grip Whatever TLDR you should read this book It s important sure but to the point it s a great read

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Read & Download Ghettoside A True Story of Murder in America ´ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF On a warm spring evening in South Los Angeles a young man was shot and killed on a sidewalk minutes away from his home one of hundreds of young men slain in LA every year His assailant ran down the street jumped into an SUV and vanished hoping to join the vast majority of killers in American cities. Like the schoolyard bully our criminal justice system harasses people on small pretexts but is exposed as a coward before murder It hauls masses of black men through its machinery but fails to protect them from both bodily injury and death It is at once oppressive and inadeuate This is a book about a very simple idea where the criminal justice system fails to respond vigorously to violent injury and death homicide becomes endemic There is a plague loose in the land A dark long time resident that deals in sudden death trimming the upper number in the life expectancy range with a meataxe The truth is not easy It is not the sort of uni dimensional flat surface that some politicians and most mainstream media find so attractive It is not good vs bad although there is plenty of both to go around It is not lazy versus industrious although there is a plentiful supply of both sorts of people The truth is multifaceted reflecting light from and to diverse directions It is comprised of the accretions of time and experience and is held in place by ignorance greed and expectation But unless one can get a handle on the truth appreciate its reality its many facets see past its PR there can never be any hope of replacing it with a better truth a less desperate truth a less murderous truth How s this for a truth Black men make up 6 % of the population yet make up 40% of murder victims Jill Leovy from NPR Jill Leovy has been digging at the truth for a long time She began as a crime reporter for the LA Times in 2002 and had a front row seat for the wave of homicide that washed over the southern parts of the city of angels So many murders yet so little reportage Even to many of the cops involved the victims were considered less than human not worthy of much notice Leovy decided that attention needed to be paid beginning an on line Homicide Report at the LA Times that provided the specifics of every homicide in the city putting faces to the relentlessly growing numbers of murder victims Leovy spent years embedded with LAPD homicide detectives and maintained close contact with the families of victims Focusing on one particular killing from 2007 she uses this as a narrative core around which she builds her description and analysis It is an insightful surprising and enlightening view into a very dark reality Forty years after the civil rights movement impunity for the murder of black men remained America s great though mostly invisible race problem The institutions of criminal justice so remorseless in other ways in an era of get tough sentencing and preventive policing remained feeble when it came to answering for the lives of black murder victims Few experts examine what was evident every day of John Skaggs s working life that the state s inability to catch and punish even a bare majority of murderers in black enclaves such as Watts was itself a root cause of the violence and that this was a terrible problem perhaps the most terrible thing in contemporary American life The system s failure to catch killers effectively made black lives cheap Leovy offers perspectives from both sides of the blue line Her primary focus is on a detective who gets it John Skaggs a big Mic of a cop with a brain to match his large frame Understanding that as long as black lives were held cheap the killing would continue Skaggs made it his mission to make black lives expensive Instead of blowing off the killing he took it on himself to dig in find ways and take killers off the street Leovy tells the story of Skaggs pursuit of truth and justice if not exactly the American wayJohn Skaggs from The TelegraphOne of the many strengths of Leovy s book is her use of historical context How did this or that come to be Where did it come from What keeps it afloat What are the forces that keep it from changing Another is her consideration of why it is so difficult to prosecute violent crimes in lawless places and why the police are so ready to employ tactics like stop and frisk and neighborhood sweeps And why there are some places the police prefer to avoid This practice of using proxy crimes to substitute for difficult and expensive investigations was widespread in American law enforcement The legal scholar William J Stuntz singled it out as a particularly damaging trend of recent decades In California proxy justice had transformed enforcement of parole and probation into a kind of shadow legal system sparing the state the trouble of expensive prosecutions When effective law enforcement no longer applies in a place local law steps in to fill the vacuum whether that law is gang based or a manifestation of a religious movement as in Ira or Afghanistan It is no puzzle why a part of the Windy City is called Chi ra When your business dealings are illegal you have no legal recourse Many poor underclass men of Watts had little to live on except a couple hundred dollars a month in county General Relief They cliued up for all sorts of illegal enterprises not just selling drugs and pimping but also fraudulent check schemes tax cons unlicensed car repair businesses or hair braiding Some bounced from hustle to hustle They bartered goods struck deals and shared proceeds all off the books Violence substituted for contract litigation Young men in Watts freuently compared their participation in so called gang culture to the way white collar businessmen sue customers competitors or suppliers in civil courts They spoke of policing themselves adjudicating their own disputes Other people call the police when they need help explained an East Coast Crip gang member We pick up the phone and call out homeboys There are other sources for what happens to innocent victims caught up in such sweeps I recommend Matt Taibbi s The Divide for that But that is not what Leovy is attending to here and it is indeed only one part of the larger storyBryant Tennelle from The Telegraph I was amazed by the level of detail Leovy brought to bear informing the thrust of her argument Not only police blotter data but on the scene reportage interviews with people affected by the crimes and by the structure of life lived in what is in a way a walled off community Her information is not merely statistical and analytical It is personal Her people are very much living breathing individuals not catalog entries There are both residents and cops who are trying to cope with a huge challenge in a system that is not all that amenable to change Change costs money and we all know how much politicians love to boast about keeping costs downThe politics of policing is also given some attention Why do cops work here rather than there Why do detectives choose this assignment over that Do they even have a choice What motivates the uniformed police the detectives What do they hope to accomplish What do they think they can accomplish How do they go about their business How are policing resources allocatedIf I have any gripes about the book it might be that Leovy traces a bit of a halo around Skaggs He may be a bit too good to be real But then again he may not What sort of world is it in which a portrayal of actual decency is considered suspect Other cops are given attention as well This is not all the Detective Skaggs show Jill Leovy has written a must read tour de force a brilliant look into a deadly intractable problem that not only plagues black urban areas but that challenges the very rule of law itself The next time you see local news in the daily tabloid or yellow dog nightly coverage on the tube If it bleeds it leads ascribing the death of a black man to gang violence you might think twice about taking that at face value The next time you see statistics on the number of deaths in a year for a given location you might wonder how many of those were actually reported on how many of those were truly investigated or how many times the local PD might blow it off as NHI No Human Involved You will learn something new here You will see a reality that has been there for a long time but that has been kept out of sight by a combination of indifferent law enforcement inattentive media and cheapskate politicians Leovy offers the faceted lenses you need to gain a better focus on the reality One of Skaggs s colleagues picked up a word a Watts gang member used to describe his neighborhood ghettoside The term captured the situation nicely mixing geography and status with the hustler s poetic precision and perverse conceit It was both a place and a predicament and gave a name to that otherworldly seclusion that all violent black pockets of the country had in common Athens Willowbrook parts of Long Beach Watts There was a sameness to these places and the policing that went on in them John Skaggs was ghettoside all the way Some people care Black lives do matter But it is important to find specific places where the notion can be applied to the levers and gears of reality to effect a desired result Some people are trying to change things Some people are trying to push down on the lever of prosecuting the killers of black men But this is a huge mountain and it will take a lot of pushing to make it move Ghettoside could just as easily have been titled Ghetto cide and that really is what it is all about Review posted 121815Publication dates 12715 hardcover 102715 Trade PaperEXTRA STUFF Ghettoside is named a 2015 notable non fiction book by the Washington Post Ghettoside is named to the NY Times 100 Notable Books list for 2015Interviews The Daily Show extended NPR Weekend Edition audio NPR Fresh Air with Dave Davies audio PBS Tavis Smiley video New Republic Dan Slater print LA Weekly Joe Donnelly from 2008 re her Homicide Report projectIn light of the recent spate of killings Greg Howard s 7816 piece in the NY Times is worth reading How Police See Us and How They Train Us to See ThemIn a vacuum it isn t natural to pre emptively shoot people to death just as in a vacuum it isn t natural to keep your gun trained on a person who has been rendered incapacitated and is bleeding out before you This is specialized behavior the sort expected from military forces entering unfamiliar war zones Soldiers are trained to consider everyone and everything a potential threat to neutralize any man woman or child who could potentially cause them harm The highest priorities are to protect themselves and to accomplish their mission and that reuires the trained dehumanization of the local population In such an environment the burden of not killing is lifted from the soldiers and local people are tasked with the burden of not provoking deathAugust 10 2016 an alarming NY Times piece on a Justice Department study that looked into police bias Findings of Police Bias in Balti Validate What Many Have Long FeltThis 93016 NY Times Op ed piece by Matthew Desmond and Andrew Papachristo illustrates a particular element of what goes into police community relations Why Don t You Just Call the CopsThis 10716 NY Times report by Benjamin Mueller and Al Baker looks at how crime in a poor neighborhood affecting minority people is not given the same treatment as crimes against white people in middle class areas Also on how the unwillingness of witnesses to speak up contributes to a cycle of violence Powerful and depressing A Mother Is Shot Dead on a Playground and a Sea of Witnesses Goes Silent121416 NY Times A Man Is Shot in the Back and Only the Police Are Kept in the Dark By James C McKinley Jr Ashley Southall and Al Baker another tale of a murder unsolved because witnesses fear retaliation82817 NY Times Trump Reverses Restrictions on Military Hardware for Police by Adam Goldman as if we need for people to feel even as if they are living in an occupied territory382018 Buzzfeed an in depth report on how secret NYPD files show that many NYC police guilty of serious crimes are left unpunished dark stuff and not all that surprising BUSTED by Kendall Taggert and Mike Hayes32119 The Daily Beast Florida Cops Under Fire for Violent Incidents With Black Women by Pilar Melendez This is why people turn to non police solutions to criminal problems

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Read & Download Ghettoside A True Story of Murder in America ´ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF Who are never arrested for their crimes But as soon as the case was assigned to Detective John Skaggs the odds shifted Here is the kaleidoscopic story of the uintessential American murder one young black man slaying another and a determined crew of detectives whose creed was to pursue justice at a. This is an important book Despite overall crime rates falling nationally black homicide rates remain stubbornly high And this is only the most lethal of problems facing inner city neighborhoods Failing schools Concentrated poverty Mass incarceration All these things work together to create a world apart known collouially as the ghetto It s a touchy subject that touches on just about every third rail in American life To even begin a discussion you have to avoid getting tripped up on race class and privilege If you re writing about this and haven t deeply offended someone you probably haven t published Despite this daunting reality Jill Leovy s Ghettoside is not the first book to tackle Gordian knot of the inner city The genius of Ghettoside though is that it is for lack of a better word entertaining to read It is an important sociological tract but recognizing Mary Poppins sound advice Leovy gives you the medicine with sugar She delivers a powerful portrait of a failing neighborhood through the vessel of a true crime story She draws you in with a murder mystery and by the time you realize Leovy has something broader on her mind she already has you by the lapels The murder in uestion is of 18 year old Bryant Tennelle who died with a root beer in his hand and the wrong hat upon his head His murder was typical of South LA a gangland hit that accidentally targeted a young man who wasn t a banger He was in other words caught in that ubiuitous crossfire mentioned so often by local news anchors all over the country Only two things separated Tennelle s violent fate from that of so many others First Tennelle s father was a detective in Los Angeles s elite Robbery Homicide Division This division is tasked with solving high profile crimes In LA not only do they treat victims differently they tell you upfront they treat victims differently The second factor important than the first is that the case got assigned to the indefatigable John Skaggs the uneuivocal hero of Leovy s tale Tennelle s murder is the unifying event of Ghettoside It gives Leovy a narrative hook She does all the thing you d expect were this a typical episode of 48 Hours or Dateline She looks at Bryant s life explores the crime that took his life and then follows the detectives as they track down leads The tropes are familiar the setting is not It is not easy developing suspects when the tapestry of death and retaliation are woven tighter than an eight hundred thread count sheet It is not easy getting someone to say something when the don t snitch ethos permeates into every corner of the streetSkaggs is the lead character in this drama which is filled with personalities ranging from exasperated police superiors to a prostitute looking to get out Is John Skaggs really as good as Leovy makes him out to be I don t know Is anyone It s worth noting that Leovy is willing to give Skaggs the benefit of the doubt every time Even his flaws are presented as virtue Still it cannot be denied that he tackled a hard case that many observers thought might never be solved Leovy uses the Tennelle investigation as a springboard to discuss other broader topics Her chief concern is for what is inartfully called black on black crime What this term really refers to is gang crime Gangs could seem pointlessly self destructive but the reason they existed was no mystery Boys and men always tend to group together for protection They seek advantage in numbers Unchecked by a state monopoly on violence such groupings fight commit crimes and ascend to factional dominance as conditions permit Fundamentally gangs are a conseuence of lawlessness not a causeGangs in Leovy s description fill a vacuum It s a fascinating argument whether or not you fully buy it I tend to think that she doesn t give gangs enough credit as organized criminal entities often with cartel ties but she certainly invites you to indulge in a paradigmatic shift in your thinking At one point she posits that violence is higher among people who are immobile and economically interdependent It s an interesting viewpoint I ran it past a social minded urban planner I know and he heartily disagreed Still the idea made for a great conversation starter for a conversation that needs to be started And that s one of Leovy s great strengths giving you things to ponderLeovy is a Los Angeles Times reporter and the creator of their crime blog Covering that kind of beat has to be difficult Somehow though she has managed to maintain her humanity and this book is a testament to her empathetic abilities There is a marvelous little section for instance when she muses about the deleterious mental health issues faced by gang members We have this image often cultivated by members themselves who are rapping all over YouTube of the hardened gang banger content to pimp and sling until his early grave Leovy excavates this front to find young men suffering from PTSD anxiety depression and suicidal ideation It s a poignant insight and one that makes sense when you imagine what the typical gang member has seen and done Leovy s talent as a writer is in her ability to synthesize a powerful nonfiction drama with an important sociological case study Her prose is simple engaging and incisive Ghettoside invites obvious comparison to David Simon s classic Homicide A Year on the Killing Streets The two however are uite a bit different For one Leovy never tries for anything like Simon s bursts of elouently profane sentences There are some incredibly memorable passages in Homicide and nothing uite euivalent here In a larger sense Simon s Homicide is a masterpiece of futility It leaves you feeling hopeless He follows homicide detectives for a year and then leaves Cases are left unresolved The bad guys still run the streets The detectives keep clearing cases that don t end in convictions It is a snapshot of an un pretty moment Ghettoside takes a longer view It follows Tennelle s case right to the end Things are resolved The brain s thirst for a story with a beginning middle and end is uenched I know this sounds a bit patronizing like I m saying Ghettoside is a dumbed down version of Homicide for people with a low tolerance for intellectual complexity and dissonance That s not my intent Rather I think this is a major selling point This is a book with meaningful things to say It is a book that asks you to broaden your viewpoint to absorb the lives in a part of town you ve probably never visited And it does this without hitting you over the head or delivering a one sided lecture Leovy is not here to give us all the solutions or frankly even a roadmap That s not really her point Broadly speaking the stages in problem solving are understanding there is a problem defining a solution and implementing that fix We are living in an interesting moment when a lot of the issues Leovy talks about are making the nightly news The complexity of these issues fraught with issues of race and poverty does not translate well to a two minute piece about police shootings or protesters Instead of a thoughtful conversation we get a lot of strong kneejerk reactions Based on a lot of these reactions I fear that a lot of people don t realize there s a crisis There is Read about it