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    Police Brutality: Causes and Remedies

    The ACLU and the Police Executive Research Forum called a news conference to discuss the issue of police brutality and a possible means to solve the problem. Police brutality has been gaining attention since the widely publicized March 3 beating of Rodney King by Los Angeles police. A bystander caught the police beating of Mr. King on videotape, and the tape was subsequently shown on the national television news. Mr. Glasser stressed that the beating of Mr. King was not an isolated incident, but was rather an incidence of a widespread problem causing mistrust between the public and the police. He said the solution to police mistreatment of power must lie with the local police force. Police departments need a strong police chief with an intolerance for police brutality, and an effective redress system for investigations and prosecutions of police brutality.

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    Book Discussion on Niccolo's Smile

    Mr. Viroli talked about his book Niccolo’s Smile: A Biography of Machiavelli, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Mr. Viroli’s biography follows the life and the work of the founder of modern political thought from his ascent in Florence’s diplomatic corps, to his imprisonment and exile, to the composition of his most important works. Mr. Viroli contends that Machiavelli was an honest diplomat, whose “cynicism” was a reaction to the corruption in Renaissance Italy. He talked about the influence of Machiavelli on Western history, the times in which he lived, and Florentine culture.