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The Black Lives Matter movement, crime and police brutality: Comparative study of New York Post and New York Daily News

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This article looks at the Black Lives Matter movement, crime and police brutality. It is a comparative study that analyses the reportage by the tabloids New York Post and the New York Daily News. It focuses on the shooting of Laquan McDonald, a 17-year-old African American killed by a police officer Jason Van Dyke. It engages literature mainly from scholars on African American studies. It also interviews African Americans on their perception. It concludes that the New York Post is more biased than the New York Daily News towards the Black Lives Matter movement. It regularly associates African Americans with criminal activities and often justifies police brutality. It further points out that African Americans are disproportionately critical of public policing.
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Keywords: African Americans; civil rights movements; police brutality; public policing; race and crime; tabloid news media

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning

Publication date: September 1, 2019

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