Law Enforcement: Who Polices the Police?

"It's a kangaroo court," cries one side. "It's a psychological deterrent against police brutality," says the other.

The fuss is about the civilian police review board in Rochester, N.Y. Set up two years ago, after a series of Negro complaints about mistreatment by white policemen, the board has yet to hear a single case, but its supporters—chiefly civil rights leaders, unionists and clergy —feel that it has caused the police to discipline themselves better. Almost to a man, the city's 536 policemen feel that the board is intolerable.

Last week, in a surprising switch, Rochester's police filed a suit to have...

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