Highlighting and coding (Goodwin 1994) for victims

In my last post I talked about Charles Goodwin’s analysis of the Rodney King trial, in which he argues that the police’s “professional vision” allows them to present a “structure[d] interpretation” of instances of alleged police brutality that basically shows they were just doing their job. On the other side, he writes, “no equivalent … exists for the suspect.”

But is that necessarily true? Police brutality at the Occupy Wall Street protests:

Whose professional vision is reflected in the highlighting and coding here?


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