Cop in the Hood by Peter Moskos
My Year Policing Baltimore's Eastern District

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When Harvard-trained sociologist Peter Moskos left the classroom to become a cop in Baltimore's Eastern District, he was thrust deep into police culture and the ways of the street--the nerve-rattling patrols, the thriving drug corners, and a world of poverty and violence that outsiders never see. In Cop in the Hood, Moskos reveals the truths he learned on the midnight shift.

Through Moskos's eyes, we see police academy graduates unprepared for the realities of the street, success measured by number of arrests, and the ultimate failure of the war on drugs. In addition to telling an explosive insider's story of what it is really like to be a police officer, he makes a passionate argument for drug legalization as the only realistic way to end drug violence--and let cops once again protect and serve. In a new afterword, Moskos describes the many benefits of foot patrol--or, as he calls it, "policing green."

 

About Peter Moskos

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Peter Moskos is an Associate Professor of Law, Police Science, and Criminal Justice Administration at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the City University of New York's Doctoral Program in Sociology and is a former Baltimore City police officer. He lives in Queens, New York.
 
Published August 3, 2009 by Princeton University Press. 270 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Crime, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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The Bottom LineCop in the Hood: My Year Policing Baltimore’s Eastern District by Peter Moskos is an intriguing account of both police and civilian life in eastern Baltimore.

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This revised and corrected edition of Cop in the Hood provides an unforgettable window into the world that outsiders never see--the thriving drug corners, the nerve-rattling patrols, and the heartbreaking failure of 911. Moskos reveals the truth about the drug war and why it is engi...

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