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Vice: One Cop's Story of Patrolling America's Most Dangerous City

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9 square miles. 10,000 criminals. 130 cops.

Compton: the most violent and crime-ridden city in America. What had been a semirural suburb of Los Angeles in the 1950s became a battleground for the Black Panthers, home of the Crips and Bloods and the first Hispanic gangs, and the cradle of gangsta rap.

At the center of it, trying to maintain order, was the Compton Police Department. Never more than 130 strong, it faced an army of criminals that numbered over 10,000. At any given time, fully one-tenth of Comptons population was in the justice system, yet this tidal wave of crime was held back by the thinnest line of the law--the Compton Police.

John R. Baker was raised in Compton and became the city's most decorated police officer. He was involved in some of its most notorious, horrifying, and scandalous criminal cases. Bakers account of Compton from 1951 to 2001 is one of the most powerful and compelling cop memoirs ever written--an intensely human story of sacrifice the price the men and women of the Compton Police Department paid to preserve their city.

Review:

"Born and raised in Compton, the city in L.A. county notoriously home to the Bloods and Crips gangs, Baker traces both the history of the city and his own rise from rookie to detective in his gritty memoir. Co-written with screenwriter Rivele (Nixon), Baker, born in 1942, describes growing up the son of a white father and Mexican mother, learning early on how to sidestep racial boundaries--yet never walking away from a fight. He joins the Compton Police Department in 1968 after earning a sociology degree and serving in the Marine Corps, hoping to fulfill his need for adventure and serve his town. Baker recounts the racial shift in Compton beginning in the late 1950s as 'white flight' began and the area became predominantly black, though by the TKTKs Hispanics became the majority--and the rise of brutal gang violence. Along with his fellow officers, Baker was more often than not outnumbered on the streets by criminals, but describes a police force dedicated to protecting the community, even if that means doling out some unorthodox, Compton-style justice. (Jan.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

Synopsis:

9 square miles. 10,000 criminals. 130 cops.

Compton: the most violent and crime-ridden city in America. What had been a semirural suburb of Los Angeles in the 1950s became a battleground for the Black Panthers, home of the Crips and Bloods and the first Hispanic gangs, and the cradle of gangsta rap.

At the center of it, trying to maintain order, was the Compton Police Department. Never more than 130 strong, it faced an army of criminals that numbered over 10,000. At any given time, fully one-tenth of Comptons population was in the justice system, yet this tidal wave of crime was held back by the thinnest line of the law--the Compton Police.

John R. Baker was raised in Compton and became the city's most decorated police officer. He was involved in some of its most notorious, horrifying, and scandalous criminal cases. Bakers account of Compton from 1951 to 2001 is one of the most powerful and compelling cop memoirs ever written--an intensely human story of sacrifice the price the men and women of the Compton Police Department paid to preserve their city.

About the Author

SGT. JOHN R. BAKER is an eighteen-year veteran of the Compton Police Department. He lives in Las Vegas, Nevada.
 
STEPHEN J. RIVELE is the Academy Award®-nominated screenwriter of Oliver Stones Nixon, and of Will Smiths Ali. Rivele is also the author of eight previous books. He lives in Pasadena, CA.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312596873
Subtitle:
One Cop's Story of Patrolling America's Most Dangerous City
Author:
Baker, John R
Author:
Rivele, Stephen J.
Author:
Baker, John R.
Publisher:
St. Martin's Griffin
Subject:
Law Enforcement
Subject:
General-General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20120424
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Plus one 16-page black and white photo i
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in

Related Subjects

Biography » Law Enforcement
History and Social Science » Crime » Cops and Police Stories
History and Social Science » Crime » General

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Born and raised in Compton, the city in L.A. county notoriously home to the Bloods and Crips gangs, Baker traces both the history of the city and his own rise from rookie to detective in his gritty memoir. Co-written with screenwriter Rivele (Nixon), Baker, born in 1942, describes growing up the son of a white father and Mexican mother, learning early on how to sidestep racial boundaries--yet never walking away from a fight. He joins the Compton Police Department in 1968 after earning a sociology degree and serving in the Marine Corps, hoping to fulfill his need for adventure and serve his town. Baker recounts the racial shift in Compton beginning in the late 1950s as 'white flight' began and the area became predominantly black, though by the TKTKs Hispanics became the majority--and the rise of brutal gang violence. Along with his fellow officers, Baker was more often than not outnumbered on the streets by criminals, but describes a police force dedicated to protecting the community, even if that means doling out some unorthodox, Compton-style justice. (Jan.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Synopsis" by ,

9 square miles. 10,000 criminals. 130 cops.

Compton: the most violent and crime-ridden city in America. What had been a semirural suburb of Los Angeles in the 1950s became a battleground for the Black Panthers, home of the Crips and Bloods and the first Hispanic gangs, and the cradle of gangsta rap.

At the center of it, trying to maintain order, was the Compton Police Department. Never more than 130 strong, it faced an army of criminals that numbered over 10,000. At any given time, fully one-tenth of Comptons population was in the justice system, yet this tidal wave of crime was held back by the thinnest line of the law--the Compton Police.

John R. Baker was raised in Compton and became the city's most decorated police officer. He was involved in some of its most notorious, horrifying, and scandalous criminal cases. Bakers account of Compton from 1951 to 2001 is one of the most powerful and compelling cop memoirs ever written--an intensely human story of sacrifice the price the men and women of the Compton Police Department paid to preserve their city.

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