Slavery and the Origins of American Police: A Brief History


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EKU – The birth and development of the American police can be traced to a multitude of historical, legal and political-economic conditions.The institution of slavery and the control of minorities, however, were two of the more formidable historic features of American society shaping early policing. Slave patrols and Night Watches, which later became modern police departments, were both designed to control the behaviors of minorities. 

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