Joanna Schwartz

We are excited to host author Joanna Schwartz in the store on May 7th at 4:00PM to discuss her new book, Shielded.

 

Description


An urgent and definitive examination of how the legal system prevents accountability for police misconduct, from one of the country's leading scholars on policing

In recent years, the high-profile murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and so many others have brought much-needed attention to the pervasiveness of police misconduct. Yet it remains nearly impossible to hold police accountable for abuses of power—the decisions of the Supreme Court, state and local governments, and policy makers have, over decades, made the police all but untouchable.

In Shielded, University of California, Los Angeles, law professor Joanna Schwartz exposes the myriad ways in which our legal system protects police at all costs, with insightful analyses about subjects ranging from qualified immunity to no-knock warrants. The product of more than two decades of advocacy and research, Shielded is a timely and necessary investigation into why civil rights litigation so rarely leads to justice or prevents future police misconduct. Weaving powerful true stories of people seeking restitution for violated rights, cutting across race, gender, criminal history, tax bracket, and zip code, Schwartz paints a compelling picture of the human cost of our failing criminal justice system, bringing clarity to a problem that is widely known but little understood. Shielded is a masterful work of immediate and enduring consequence, revealing what tragically familiar calls for “justice” truly entail.

 

About the Author


Joanna Schwartz is a professor of law at UCLA, where she teaches civil procedure and courses on police accountability and public interest lawyering. Her writing, commentary, and research about police misconduct, qualified immunity, indemnification, and local government budgeting have been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Christian Science Monitor, ABC News, NBC News, CBS News, CNN, NPR, and elsewhere.
Sunday, May 7th, 4:00PM
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Shielded: How the Police Became Untouchable

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By Joanna Schwartz

Shielded: How the Police Became Untouchable By Joanna Schwartz Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780593299364
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Viking - February 14th, 2023

Shielded: How the Police Became Untouchable By Joanna Schwartz Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780593299364
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Viking - February 14th, 2023

Homepage Blurb: 
Law professor Joanna Schwartz exposes the myriad ways in which our legal system protects power in SHIELDED