Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: June 02, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412971928 | Print ISBN: 9781412950855 | Online ISBN: 9781412971928| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Brown v. City of Oneonta
Brown v. City of Oneonta was a federal civil rights lawsuit filed after nearly all the African American men in Oneonta, New York, were questioned by local law enforcement officials. Some of the notoriety of the case is due to opinions issued by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, which decides federal appellate cases from New York, Connecticut, and Vermont. Those opinions reveal different sensitivities about the use of race as part of a description of suspects wanted by law enforcement officials. Early on September 4, 1992, an elderly woman was raped and robbed in Oneonta, New York. The victim informed the police that during the attack she stabbed the assailant with the assailant's knife. She also told police that she believed the assailant was an African American man and that she believed he was young based on how quickly she heard him move across the floor. ...