Jill Leovy (c) Jill Connelly

Jill Leovy

Ghettoside: Investigating a Homicide Epidemic

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Thu 19 March 2015

Jill Leovy

Ghettoside: Investigating a Homicide Epidemic

Jill Leovy (c) Jill Connelly
Thu 19 March 2015,

Based on the best part of a decade embedded with the homicide units of the LAPD, Jill Leovy’s gripping, immersive work of reportage goes onto the streets, inside the homes and into the lives of a community wracked by a homicide epidemic. It tells the story of an eighteen-year-old black man named Bryant Tennelle, gunned down one evening in spring for no apparent reason, and of the brilliant, ferociously driven detective – a blonde, surfer-turned-cop named John Skaggs – on a mission not just to solve his murder but to end the epidemic for good. Ghettoside provides urgent insights into the origins of such violence, explodes the myths surrounding policing and race, and shows that the only way to fight the epidemic successfully is with justice.

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