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High-Profile CrimesWhen Legal Cases Become Social Causes$
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Lynn S. Chancer

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780226101125

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226101132.001.0001

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The Murder of Yusef Hawkins

The Murder of Yusef Hawkins

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(p.61) Chapter 3 The Murder of Yusef Hawkins
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High-Profile Crimes
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Lynn S. Chancer

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226101132.003.0003

This chapter analyzes the murder of 16-year-old African American Yusef Hawkins in Bensonhurst in Brooklyn, New York City on April23, 1989. Like the Central Park jogger case, the murder of Hawkins immediately generated attention and participation from various sectors including well-known politicians and community figures. The case generated much attention because it was considered the gravest racial incident in New York City since the Howard Beach attack in Queens in 1986 and because of the tragic factor of the victim who was a hard-working black teen from one of the worst neighborhoods in Brooklyn. This case ignited public debate about social problems, including racial biases and violent crime.

Keywords:   Yusef Hawkins, murder, African-American teen, Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, New York City, social problems, racial biases, violent crime

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