Comparative Phenomena: Policing Human Rights in Africa and the United States

Thomas S. Mosley, University of Maryland Eastern Shore

Accounts--both historical and contemporary--of human rights violations are abundant in both Africa and the United States. Similarly, explanations which challenge such contentions persist, and which maintain that, in fact, such labels are, in reality, misnomers, and are erroneously or otherwise applied. This paper examines select phenomena involving police misconduct in both nations with the primary aim of contributing to the relevant literature. A critical objective is to impart practical information which either confirms or refutes suggestions that at one or more times in those nations' histories that conditions actually existed that are conducive to a police state.

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