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October 11, 2023 Ready Resources

Ready Resources in Protest, Riot, and Accountability

Check out these ABA books and web resources in protest, riot, and accountability.

Check out these ABA books and web resources in protest, riot, and accountability.

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Searching for additional resources in protest, riot, and accountability? Take a look at the ABA publications below, and check out the helpful links to website resources hosted by the GPSolo Division and the ABA. To order any of the products listed below, call the ABA Service Center at 800/285-2221 or visit our website at

Constitutional Policing: Striving for a More Perfect Union

Edited by Michael A. Hardy (ABA Section of State and Local Government Law; 2023; 5330259; $99.95; member price $79.95)

There is little debate that most communities want to be safe in their persons and their homes. There is much debate about how we as a nation can get to a place where communities feel secure in their relationships with those who are tasked with policing our communities. This guide provides a litigation road map in the area of policing and civilian/governmental oversight of policing.

The Deadly Force Script: How the Police in America Defend the Use of Excessive Force

By William Harmening (ABA Book Publishing; 2021; 1620815; $79.95; member price $63.96)

The author exposes the deadly force script in a unique and informative way by presenting actual case studies where the script was employed following a deadly police encounter. Anyone with an interest in the twin ideals of an equitable system of justice and a professional and bias-free police force will find this book both fascinating and enlightening.

Ferguson’s Fault Lines

Edited by Kimberly Jade Norwood (ABA Section of State and Local Government Law; 2016; 5330237; $25.00; member price $20.00)

This book covers the highly publicized case of the killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed Black teenager, on August 9, 2014, by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. The book also examines other important topics of debate, such as the policing of Black and poor communities by law enforcement officers, poverty, looting, rioting, the color and face of crime as portrayed in the media, the identity of the Black male narrative, and the relevance of Black life and whether and how it matters.

Sword and Shield: A Practical Approach to Section 1983 Litigation, Fifth Edition

Edited by Mary Massaron and Josephine A. DeLorenzo (ABA Section of State and Local Government Law; 2021; 5330253; $149.95; member price $119.96)

To help understand the intricacies of Section 1983, this book contains expert analysis regarding issues in a Section 1983 case. Fully updated and substantially reorganized with the practitioner in mind, this guide provides a practical approach to this technically difficult and ever-evolving area of law.

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