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Blue: The LAPD and the Battle to Redeem American Policing by Joe Domanick

By Joe Domanick

An award-winning investigative reporter unearths the bothered background of the LAPD in a gripping tale jam-packed with hard-boiled, real-life characters that deliver to existence the ravages of the legal justice system.

Vividly drawn and character-driven, Blue is concurrently a drama of law enforcement officials, crime and politics, and a primer on American police coverage and reform. utilizing the LAPD because the book’s backbone and through-line, Domanick illuminates city policing at a crossroads through the tumultuous violence-plagued years of the early Nineties. Years while the thrashing of Rodney King and the LAPD’s brutality sparked the 1992 la Riots, and police departments have been stuck among a frequently brutal, corrupt and racist earlier, and the calls for of a speedily altering city inhabitants and environment.

From l. a. he then zooms to long island urban, and info how the transformation of the NYPD that ended in a dramatic lessen in crime—even whereas the LAPD remained in freefall for a decade extra ahead of it too starts off its street to reformation. Blue results in the summer season of 2014 with crime at list lows, yet occasions in l. a., NYC and Ferguson, Mo., elevating alarming warnings approximately competitive racial profiling and the militarization of yank policing.

Filled with political intrigue and cultural and racial clash, Domanick’s fast moving account distills this background throughout the bright characters that formed it, from America’s most appropriate police reformer, William J. Bratton; to Daryl Francis Gates, leader of the LAPD in the course of fourteen of the main tumultuous years in LA’s background; to Charlie Beck, a street-hardened LAPD cop who later turns into Bratton’s protégé; to Alfred Lomas and Andre Christian, former contributors of 2 of LA’s such a lot fearsome gangs, who characterize the opposite facet of the LAPD’s conflict on crime.

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But it soon became clear that Gates had been making it all up as he went along. ” But the truth was far more complex. Morale in the department was at an all-time low. Its leadership was in disarray and feared being accused by critics of escalating the violence if it responded forcefully.  . ” But above all, the failure lay with Gates’s contempt for outside voices and his stubborn determination to continue policing and running the department the way Bill Parker had decreed. All these traits had become deeply embedded in the LAPD’s culture as well.

The city had high hopes, but his tenure demonstrated the difficult reality of transforming a big-city police department, especially when the forces aligned against reform are so deeply entrenched and the determination and skills needed to overcome them are so immense and multidimensional. Williams possessed almost none of those skills, and was dismissed five years after being hired, having changed almost nothing. Bernard Parks succeeded Williams. Tall and handsome, the African-American Parks was known within the department as a smart, knowledgeable, efficient technocrat.

That day Tom Bradley earned the undying enmity of the LAPD while ennobling himself to black and liberal Los Angeles for years to come, not just for his courage, but for speaking the truth: a UCLA study would later reveal that at least fifty thousand people had participated in the Watts Riots. But all of that was back in 1965. Now, twenty-seven years later, Bradley was addressing a throng of overwhelmingly black Angelenos at the First AME. Below the raised platform where Bradley was leaning his long body into the podium, small TV monitors were flashing shots of Reginald Denny still lying semiconscious at Florence and Normandie Avenues.

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