Police misconduct, community opposition, and urban governance in New York City, 1945–1965

Themis Chronopoulos

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In the post–World War II period, the police department emerged as one of the most problematic municipal agencies in New York City. Patrolmen and their superiors did not pay much attention to crime; instead they looked the other way, received payoffs from organized crime, performed haphazardly, and tolerated conditions that were unacceptable in a modern city with global ambitions. At the same time, patrolmen demanded deference and respect from African American civilians and routinely demeaned and brutalized individuals who appeared to be challenging their authority. The antagonism between African Americans and the New York Police Department (NYPD) intensified as local and national black freedom organizations paid more attention to police behavior and made police reform one of their main goals.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)643-668
Number of pages26
JournalJournal of Urban History
Issue number4
Early online date2 Apr 2015
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2018


  • black freedom movement
  • New York Police Department
  • police misconduct
  • urban governance
  • New York City

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