Black and blue Inside the divide between the police and Black America

Jeff Pegues, 1970-

Book - 2017

"The recent killings in Dallas, Baton Rouge, Ferguson, and elsewhere are just the latest examples of the longstanding rift between law enforcement and people of color. In this revealing journey to the heart of a growing crisis, CBS News Justice and Homeland Security Correspondent Jeff Pegues provides unbiased facts, statistics, and perspectives from both sides of the community-police divide. Pegues has rare access to top law enforcement officials throughout the country, including FBI Direct...or James Comey and police chiefs in major cities. He has also interviewed police union leaders, community activists, and others at the heart of this crisis--people on both sides who are trying to push American law enforcement in a new direction. How do police officers perceive the people of color who live in high-crime areas? How are they viewed by the communities that they police? Pegues explores these questions and more through interviews not only with police chiefs, but also officers on the ground, both black and white. In addition, he goes to the front lines of the debate as crime spikes in some of the nation's major cities. What he found will surprise you as police give a candid look at how their jobs have changed and become more dangerous. Turning to possible solutions, the author summarizes the best recommendations from police chiefs, politicians, and activists. Readers will not only be informed but learn what they can do about tensions with police in their communities"--

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Published
Amherst : Prometheus Books 2017.
Language
English
Item Description
Includes index.
Physical Description
ii, 279 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (pages 241-262) and index.
ISBN
9781633882577
1633882578
Main Author
Jeff Pegues, 1970- (author)
  • Foreword / by Charles Ramsey
  • Preface
  • Reform is in the air
  • Broken windows
  • Three days and seven dead
  • Thin blue line
  • "Something is happening in America"
  • Livestock
  • Ghost skins
  • Sixteen shots
  • Executive Order 13684
  • Truth and reconciliation
  • Fear of the badge
  • Policing system is broken
  • The recruits
  • The race card
  • Dallas
  • Treat people as you want to be treated
  • Code of silence
  • Train to kill
  • The magic wand
  • "Broken windows is not broken"
  • "Sixteen shots and a cover-up!"
  • Coming clean
  • Afterword.
Review by Choice Reviews

A survey of police-related news stories over the past few years reveals that the rift between communities of color and the police has expanded rather than shrunk, as community policing advocates have predicted as far back as the early days of the Clinton administration. Pegues (CBS News) paints a portrait of this rift in the manner of a veteran news reporter, not through the dry, often disengaging theoretical lens of social science writers. Like scientific writers, Pegues is obviously dedicated to the idea of objectivity, and this dedication shines through in a surprisingly balanced treatment of the people on both sides of the chasm. Readers come to understand a little of how, simultaneously, police feel besieged and citizens of color feel rage and frustration. His treatment of the issue focuses on people rather than theories, structures, and processes. The humble, honest prose engages readers on both intellectual and visceral levels, making this approachable volume an ideal text for general policing collections as well as specialized collections in police community relations and community policing. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels/libraries.--A. J. McKee, University of Arkansas MonticelloAdam J McKeeUniversity of Arkansas Monticello Adam J McKee Choice Reviews 55:04 December 2017 Copyright 2017 American Library Association.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"The recent killings in Dallas, Baton Rouge, Ferguson, and elsewhere are just the latest examples of the longstanding rift between law enforcement and people of color. In this revealing journey to the heart of a growing crisis, CBS News Justice and Homeland Security Correspondent Jeff Pegues provides unbiased facts, statistics, and perspectives from both sides of the community-police divide. Pegues has rare access to top law enforcement officials throughout the country, including FBI Director James Comeyand police chiefs in major cities. He has also interviewed police union leaders, community activists, and others at the heart of this crisis--people on both sides who are trying to push American law enforcement in a new direction. How do police officersperceive the people of color who live in high-crime areas? How are they viewed by the communities that they police? Pegues explores these questions and more through interviews not only with police chiefs, but also officers on the ground, both black and white. In addition, he goes to the front lines of the debate as crime spikes in some of the nation's major cities. What he found will surprise you as police give a candid look at how their jobs have changed and become more dangerous. Turning to possible solutions, the author summarizes the best recommendations from police chiefs, politicians, and activists. Readers will not only be informed but learn what they can do about tensions with police in their communities"--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Presents an overview of the challenges confronting law enforcement as it tries to reform in the wake of unrest sparked by police misconduct cases in Ferguson, Dallas, Baton Rouge, and other communities.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

The Justice and Homeland Security Correspondent for CBS News embarks on a revealing and unbiased journey presenting perspectives from both sides of the divide between police officers and the people of color in the communities they serve.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

"A CBS correspondent presents an objective overview of the challenges confronting law enforcement as it attempts to reform in the wake of the unrest sparked by the police shootings in Ferguson and other communities"--

Review by Publisher Summary 5

Author Jeff Pegues is a correspondent for CBS News. He has interviewed high government officials in the FBI, CIA, and the Department of Homeland security, and he has covered police shooting deaths, such as death of Michael Brown. In this accessible book for general readers, students, and others, he provides perspectives from black communities and police officers, drawing on insights from his interviews with police chiefs, police union leaders, community activists, and ordinary citizens impacted by the police both positively and negatively. He seeks to understand how police view black and brown residents in high-crime areas, and how residents view the police. He concludes by presenting recommendations from police chiefs, politicians, and activists. Annotation ©2017 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)

Review by Publisher Summary 6

The recent killings in Dallas, Baton Rouge, Ferguson, and elsewhere are just the latest examples of the longstanding rift between law enforcement and people of color. In this revealing journey to the heart of a growing crisis, CBS News Justice and Homeland Security Correspondent Jeff Pegues provides unbiased facts, statistics, and perspectives from both sides of the community-police divide. Pegues has rare access to top law enforcement officials throughout the country, including former FBI Director James Comey and police chiefs in major cities. He has also interviewed police union leaders, community activists, and others at the heart of this crisis--people on both sides who are trying to push American law enforcement in a new direction. How do police officers perceive the people of color who live in high-crime areas? How are they viewed by the communities that they police? Pegues explores these questions and more through interviews not only with police chiefs, but also officers on the ground, both black and white. In addition, he goes to the front lines of the debate as crime spikes in some of the nation's major cities. What he found will surprise you as police give a candid look at how their jobs have changed and become more dangerous.Turning to possible solutions, the author summarizes the best recommendations from police chiefs, politicians, and activists. Readers will not only be informed but learn what they can do about tensions with police in their communities.

Review by Publisher Summary 7

The recent killings in Dallas, Baton Rouge, Ferguson, and elsewhere are just the latest examples of the longstanding rift between law enforcement and people of color. In this revealing journey to the heart of a growing crisis, CBS News Justice and Homeland Security Correspondent Jeff Pegues provides unbiased facts, statistics, and perspectives from both sides of the community-police divide. Pegues has rare access to top law enforcement officials throughout the country, including former FBI Director James Comey and police chiefs in major cities. He has also interviewed police union leaders, community activists, and others at the heart of this crisis--people on both sides who are trying to push American law enforcement in a new direction. How do police officers perceive the people of color who live in high-crime areas? How are they viewed by the communities that they police? Pegues explores these questions and more through interviews not only with police chiefs, but also officers on the ground, both black and white. In addition, he goes to the front lines of the debate as crime spikes in some of the nation's major cities. What he found will surprise you as police give a candid look at how their jobs have changed and become more dangerous.Turning to possible solutions, the author summarizes the best recommendations from police chiefs, politicians, and activists. Readers will not only be informed but learn what they can do about tensions with police in their communities.