GOOD COP, BAD COP

HEADLINES ABOUT BRUTALITY HAVE OVERSHADOWED THE REAL NEWS: MORE CITIES ARE REINING IN POLICE MISBEHAVIOR

Police brutality works only in the dark. The sadistic assault on Abner Louima, the Haitian immigrant who was allegedly sodomized with a toilet-plunger handle by New York City police, was supposed to be confined to a station-house bathroom. But now that the attack is a public outrage--his injuries took him to the hospital, and from there to newspaper front pages--much more is at stake than just the reputation of Brooklyn's 70th Precinct, where four officers face charges. All around the country, the aggressive, "zero tolerance" policing strategy--which has contributed to New York's plummeting crime rate and is being imitated in other...

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