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Ghettoside: Investigating a Homicide Epidemic

Saturday 21 March 2015

1 Hour


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Crime reporter Jill Leovy explodes myths around policing and race in both the United States and the UK through a gripping account of the murder of 18-year-old black man Bryan Tennelle in Los Angeles and of the investigation led by detective John Skaggs – on a mission not only to solve this crime but to end the city’s murder epidemic for good.  Leovy, a reporter for the LA Times, has spent a decade embedded with the Los Angeles Police Department homicide unit and shares insights into the origins of violence and into policing and race relations that have direct relevance to UK cases such as the Stephen Lawrence murder.

Leovy has been a reporter for the LA Times for 20 years. In 2007 she attracted international attention when she wrote a groundbreaking homicide blog for the newspaper, documenting every one of the 845 murders in the county that year.

Here she talks to writer and academic Professor Sarah Churchwell, author of Careless People: Murder, Mayhem and the Invention of The Great Gatsby.

FT Weekend review of Ghettoside