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Book Title: Breaking Rank: A Top Cop's Exposé of the Dark Side of American Policing|
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The author of the book: Norm Stamper
Edition: Nation Books
Date of issue: May 19th 2005
ISBN 13: 9781560256939
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 343 KB
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Meh... Stamper and I agree on many things. The drug war is a colossal waste of time, money and lives. "Chickenshit police discipline" causes a culture of fear and insularity. Prostitution will never be stopped, so making it as safe as possible is the only humane choice. Capital punishment is too much responsibility for the state. There are too many guns in our country. Cops are often racist, sexist, fat, lazy. All of what he says is true in my experience. However, as someone who spent most of his career in management, his blanket attacks on police unions is -- while expected -- still a bit galling.
Are there police unions with too much power? Sure. Are there dirty cops? Absolutely. Should we throw the baby out with the bathwater in both situations? Of course not. Most police unions are laughably weak, especially in the midwest, south and on the east coast. (Stamper spent his career on the west coast: Seattle an San Diego.) Who protects cops from, in Stamper's words, "chickenshit discipline"? Police unions. Who fights a city government that wants to cut back on training and protective gear in order to beautify city parks? Police unions.
Libs will find a big ally in Stamper on most issues. He has loads of experience that color his opinions. As a member of the brass, his experience clearly slanted him against the unions. If you can get over that last part, it's a pretty good book.
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Read information about the authorNorman Harvey "Norm" Stamper is an American former chief of police and writer.
He is known for his role as chief of the Seattle Police Department responsible for its response to the protests of the WTO Ministerial Conference of 1999, which he has expressed regret about. Since his resignation, Stamper has called for the legalization of drugs and the case-by-case release of persons incarcerated for nonviolent drug offenses.
Stamper is the author of Breaking Rank: A Top Cop's Exposé of the Dark Side of American Policing.