Police Brutality and Public Perceptions of Racial Discrimination: A Tale of Two Beatings

  title={Police Brutality and Public Perceptions of Racial Discrimination: A Tale of Two Beatings},
  author={Lee Sigelman and Susan Welch and Timothy Bledsoe and Michael W. Combs},
  journal={Political Research Quarterly},
  pages={777 - 791}
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