Black and the Blue : A Cop Reveals the Crimes, Racism, and Injustice in America's Law Enforcement
by Horace, Matthew; Harris, Ron






A CNN contributor and long-time law-enforcement officer offers a personal account of the racism, crimes and color lines that challenge America's law enforcement, sharing insights into high-profile cases, the Black Lives Matter movement and what is needed for change. 50,000 first printing.





Matthew Horace is a law enforcement and security contributor to CNN and The Wall Street Journal, and an internationally-recognized leadership expert in the field.

Ron Harris is a former reporter and editor for the Los Angeles Times and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Currently, he is a professor at Howard University.





*Starred Review* Horace, a contributor to CNN and the Wall Street Journal, has the hard-earned credibility to write about the racism and injustice endemic to policing since he, an African American, had a decades-long career in law enforcement. Horace started as a street cop in Arlington, Virginia, in 1986, learning firsthand about how bias infects police work. An opening anecdote in which Horace learns about his own biases during a domestic-violence call is especially gripping. Horace's career in law enforcement was wide ranging, including stints serving as a special agent and, later, senior executive with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. For this hard-hitting, convincing indictment of the biases in today's law enforcement, Horace, with coauthor Harris, conducted interviews with approximately 100 cops, officials, community advocates, and survivors of police shootings between 2015 and 2017. The book skillfully weaves together Horace's own harrowing and enlightening experiences with the stories and reflections of those interviewed. Police shootings get special attention, with Horace showing how bias escalates danger. A must-read for anyone interested in understanding and solving these problems, which, Horace emphasizes throughout, start with unearthing our own implicit biases. The book ends with one of Horace's favorite quotes: "Nobody can do everything, but everybody can do something." Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.





An impassioned memoir focused on policing's fraught relationship with communities of color and other marginalized groups.Writing with Harris, CNN and Wall Street Journal security contributor Horace vividly depicts the surreal challenges faced by African-Americans in law enforcement following a distinguished career: "I've been part of the best and worst that my noble profession represents." Writing with deep knowledge and concern, the author argues that unequal policing based on ingrained racial bias and the drug war is even more pervasive than the attention paid to the Black Lives Matter movement and flashpoints like the killing of Michael Brown would suggest. "Despite claims to the contrary," writes Horace, "Black Lives Matter is not anticop." Rather, it is an outgrowth of long-term alienation that white communities fail to perceive, due to disparate approaches to policing that often come to light in cases of brutality. The author focuses on the evolution of tactics relative to the post-1960s war on drugs, agreeing with many scholars that a narrative of punitive enforcement followed by mass imprisonment crippled minority communities following the civil rights era. While his tone is knowing and restrained, he appears anguished by the long-term arc of mistreatment and mistrust within black communities; he looks at specific policies and places, creating a somewhat meandering structure. He notes how Ferguson cops used aggressive tactics to generate revenue for years prior to the Brown killing. He also examines New Orleans to illustrate entrenched departmental corruption that culminated in several notorious police-involved murders. In Chicago, he explores a city in crisis due to intractable violence in segregated neighborhoods and an egregious excessive-force killing followed by a political coverup. There, as elsewhere, he concludes, "African-Americans and Latinos want a leader who will bring more fairness to policing." Horace includes interviews wi t h other cops, emphasizing diverse outlooks and deepening his perspective effectively. An astute, unvarnished account that should stand out from the crowd of pro- and anti-law enforcement books. Copyright Kirkus 2018 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.






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