-Norm Stamper, Breaking Rank: A Top Cop's Exposé of the Dark Side of American Policing
For almost a year now, the country has been locked into a debate about excessive force by police & several high profile cases that still linger in the consciousness of the masses. One side attempts to point out that there is clearly a pattern of race-based practices going on all of the country, while the other claims that somehow the victims were the true aggressors. But above are the words of a 34 Year Veteran Police Officer, and former Seattle, Washington Chief Of Police. Hard to ignore huh. In Norm Stamper's 2005 book "Breaking Rank: A Top Cop's Exposé of the Dark Side of American Policing," he goes in on the Racist, Sexist, and Homophobic Attitudes that dictate just HOW the Demons In Blue occupy our neighborhoods today. Retired since 2000, it appears that Stamper's breaking point occurred after his police force's overly aggressive & infamous response to World Trade Organization protests in 1999. Today, Norm Stamper speaks out in support of the release of Non-Violent Drug Offenders from long Mandatory-Minimum sentences.