An Encyclopedia of Lawless Lawmen
by Michael Newton
In America, citizens are killed by the police
every day of the year. We have come to expect that harsh reality,
and in fact we like our lawmen rough and ready, as long as they
are blowing away someone who apparently deserves it. We entrust
the police with our lives, and in return we give law enforcement
personnel the benefit of the doubt, assuming that in most cases
such deaths are justified as self-defense.
Killer Cops: An Encyclopedia of Lawless Lawmen
is not about trigger-happy "cowboys" who pursued their
duties with excessive zeal, nor does it second-guess the officers
whose handling of violent suspects led to "accidental"
deaths in custody. Instead, it lifts a different stone in order
to scrutinize America's worst nightmare: sworn protectors of the
law who used their badges as hunting licenses, killing on a whim
for profit, sex, or personal revenge.
No rank or agency has been immune from shame
in this regard. The cases profiled in this book span the continent
and run the gamut of law enforcement's social scale, from small-town
police departments to the normally sacrosanct FBI. Patrolmen stand
convicted side-by-side with sergeants, chiefs, and county sheriffs.
From the Old West's legendary Wyatt Earp to today's Bad Lieutenants,
the pattern of homicidal lawlessness is clearly defined.
As Jack Webb, portraying the LAPD's Joe Friday,
once pointed out, there will always be a few bad apples to be
found among the police "because we have to recruit from the
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