Cuffs to Claw: Arrest and Prosecution in the U.S. 1920-1960
Ellen Poulsen, historian and daughter of an NYPD officer who was on the job in the 1960s, shines a spotlight on the ways police and prosecutors obtained confessions in the early 20th century. She'll talk about some capital cases as well as the Sacco & Vanzetti story and the Rosenberg espionage trial. She'll also talk about the onset of reform, when the Miranda law raised public awareness of an arrestee's rights. Ms. Poulsen, author of the Crime Did Not Pay Series, has written numerous books including Chasing Dillinger: J. Edgar Hoover, Captain Matt Leach, and the Fight to Capture Public Enemy No. 1. Please note, this is a Zoom presentation that can be viewed in the library or from home. In person: Limit of 30.