This chapter follows the ways that police make sense of homicides and, as a result, how they investigate them. I identify the existence of a “normal” kind of homicide—with assumed characteristics, victims, and perpetrators—that occurs in keeping with certain patterns of urban space, gender, race, and socioeconomic background. I examine how normal homicides reveal an alternative system of governance over life and death in the historically violent parts of the city, especially at it relates to the PCC.
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