Breaking Rank

Breaking Rank

A Top Cop's Exposé of the Dark Side of American Policing

eBook - 2009
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Opening with a powerful letter to former Tacoma police chief David Brame, who shot his estranged wife before turning the gun on himself, Norm Stamper introduces us to the violent, secret world of domestic abuse that cops must not only navigate, but which some also perpetrate. Former chief of the Seattle police force, Stamper goes on to expose a troubling culture of racism, sexism, and homophobia that is still pervasive within the twenty-first-century force; then he explores how such prejudices can be addressed. He reveals the dangers and temptations that cops face, describing in gripping detail the split-second life-and-death decisions. Stamper draws on lessons learned to make powerful arguments for drug decriminalization, abolition of the death penalty, and radically revised approaches to prostitution and gun control. He offers penetrating insights into the "blue wall of silence," police undercover work, and what it means to kill a man. And, Stamper gives his personal account of the World Trade organization debacle of 1999, when protests he was in charge of controlling turned violent in the streets of Seattle. Breaking Rank reveals Norm Stamper as a brave man, a pioneering public servant whose extraordinary life has been dedicated to the service of his community.
Publisher: 2009
ISBN: 9780786736249
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Oct 30, 2017

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dahlia_elamin
Oct 30, 2017

This is an excellent novel that helps readers understand what really goes on in the police world while also reading stories on the author's experiences. Stamper, being a former police officer, writes about the many problems that surface policing and how it can be changed. 10 out of 10 would recommend.

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Al6Hameed
Jan 09, 2017

Norm tells the truth as he sees it. He talks about an ideal society and he and his lance set out to create one. Whether this is naivete or courage it does not matter, he has the right idea. It is very seldom that I take my hat off to anyone, but this time I must. He tells us how to achieve this ideal society by banding together. I only wish that he had exposed the source of criminality in America...a perverted, inhumane, God-less Tamahu Supremacist system.

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