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Black Lives Matter? Public Accounts Of Police Officers' Use Of Lethal Force, Akiv Dawson Jan 2016

Black Lives Matter? Public Accounts Of Police Officers' Use Of Lethal Force, Akiv Dawson

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The purpose of this qualitative study is to examine the manner in which, police application of lethal force is accounted for in the public sphere. The study examines opinion editorials from the New York Times, Washington Post, Contra Costa Times, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and the Salt Lake Tribune. The study applies Altheide’s methodology of ethnographic content analysis to opinion editorials written between July 2014 and September 2015 about three specific cases involving the death of an African American male due to police use of lethal force. Each editorial was loaded into an NVIVO 10 project and coded line by line ...