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By Joe Domanick

An award-winning investigative reporter finds the afflicted background of the LAPD in a gripping tale full of hard-boiled, real-life characters that carry to existence the ravages of the legal justice system.

Vividly drawn and character-driven, Blue is at the same time 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 throughout the tumultuous violence-plagued years of the early Nineteen 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 prior, and the calls for of a quickly altering city inhabitants and environment.

From los angeles he then zooms to manhattan urban, and information how the transformation of the NYPD that ended in a dramatic reduce in crime—even whereas the LAPD remained in freefall for a decade extra earlier than it too starts off its highway to reformation. Blue results in the summer time of 2014 with crime at checklist lows, yet occasions in l. a., NYC and Ferguson, Mo., elevating alarming warnings approximately competitive racial profiling and the militarization of yankee policing.

Filled with political intrigue and cultural and racial clash, Domanick’s fast paced account distills this heritage throughout the bright characters that formed it, from America’s prime 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 symbolize the opposite facet of the LAPD’s conflict on crime.

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Other players also take center stage in Blue. One is Daryl Gates, Chief Parker’s protégé, who headed the LAPD from 1978 to 1992. ’s poor black and brown neighborhoods as though they were an army of occupation, accountable to no one. Gates’s adversary should have been Tom Bradley. Elected in 1972 as the first black mayor of Los Angeles, Bradley was an early champion of the city’s liberals and minorities. For the next twenty years he presided over Los Angeles as it matured into a major American metropolis.

Simpson, January 1995, Los Angeles Superior Court Katherine Mader and Willie Williams, May 1996, Parker Center Bill Bratton and Rudolph Giuliani, Monday, April 15, 1996, New York City Rafael “Ray” Perez and Nino Durden, Sunday, October 13, 1996, 18th Street Territory, Rampart Division Richard Eide, Spring 1997, Los Angeles Police Academy Willie Williams, March 1997, Parker Center PART THREE SOMETHING BLUE Bernard Parks, August 1997, Los Angeles City Hall David Mack, Thursday, November 6, 1997, South Central Bank of America Bernard Parks, Autumn 1997, Parker Center Brian Hewitt, February 1998, Rampart Division Rafael “Ray” Perez, Monday, March 2, 1998, LAPD Property Division Matt Lait and Scott Glover, August 1998, San Fernando Valley Curtis Woodle and Joel Perez, April and May 1998, Las Vegas and Los Angeles Bernard Parks, Summer 1998, Parker Center Rafael “Ray” Perez, Summer 1998, Ladera Heights Bernard Parks, August 1998, Parker Center Bernard Parks, Summer 1998, Parker Center Rafael “Ray” Perez, Wednesday, September 8, 1999, Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office Bill Boyarsky, December 1999, Downtown Los Angeles Minibus Rafael “Ray” Perez, Friday, February 25, 2000, Downtown Los Angeles Superior Court Bernard Parks, March 2000, Parker Center Connie Rice, 2003, NAACP’s Advancement Project Offices, Los Angeles Bernard Parks, May 2000, Parker Center Steve Cooley, Wednesday, November 7, 2001, Parker Center Summing Up PART FOUR SOMETHING NEW William Bratton and Rikki Klieman, Summer 2002, Los Angeles and New York William Bratton, October 2002, Los Angeles William Bratton, Patrick Gannon, and Gerald Chaleff, Fall 2002, Parker Center William Bratton and Charlie Beck, Fall 2002, Los Angeles Police Academy, Elysian Park Charlie Beck, 2002, LAPD Central Division and Skid Row William Bratton, James Hahn, and Clive Jackson, December 2002, South Los Angeles George Gascon, 2002, Los Angeles Police Department Headquarters Charlie Beck, 2002, Parker Center Connie Rice, December 2003, Advancement Project Offices, Los Angeles Connie Rice, July 2003, Advancement Project Offices, Los Angeles Martin Ludlow, Summer 2003, “The Jungle” Connie Rice, July 2006, Rampart Division Charlie Beck, 2006, South Bureau Headquarters Pat Gannon and Bo Taylor, Autumn 2005, 77th Street Division, South Los Angeles Charlie Beck, South Bureau, South Los Angeles, 2006 NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly, New York City; LAPD Chief Bill Bratton, Los Angeles; Stop-Question-Frisk Connie Rice, January 2007, Los Angeles City Council Meeting Bill Bratton, May Day 2007, MacArthur Park Laura Chick, February 2008, Office of City Controller; Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, City Hall Bill Bratton, August 2009, Parker Center Pat Gannon, Ron Noblet, and Alfred Lomas, December 2010, Magnolia Place Community Center Daryl Gates and Charlie Beck, April 2010, San Clemente, California EPILOGUE: 2015 Acknowledgments About Joe Domanick Notes Bibliography Index For the wondrous Andrea Domanick and Ashley Hendra Out of the blue he mentions Chinatown, the noir classic of prewar Los Angeles political corruption, graft, and police repression.

Bratton, who in 2004 was hired to spearhead the reformation of the LAPD, as he’d done in the early and mid-1990s with both the New York City Transit Police and the 35,000-strong New York City Police Department. Before his tenure in those departments, New Yorkers had been obsessed with a crime wave that saw 2,245 murders in the city in 1990 and 700,000 serious crimes committed in 1989. Bratton changed that trajectory while building the launchpad for New York’s currently unbroken string of more than twenty years of continuous crime drops (although not without some of the policies he pioneered also setting the stage for the NYPD’s present conflicts with a new generation of black and liberal New Yorkers, as we shall see).

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