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Authors: Joe Domanick

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Blue: The LAPD and the Battle to Redeem American Policing

Blue: The LAPD and the Battle to Redeem American Policing
Joe Domanick
Simon & Schuster (2016)
Rating: ★★★★☆
Tags: History, United States, State & Local, West (AK; CA; CO; HI; ID; MT; NV; UT; WY), Political Science, Law Enforcement, Corruption & Misconduct, Social Science, Criminology, True Crime, General
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Vividly drawn and character-driven
, Blue
is simultaneously a gripping drama of cops, crime, and politics, and a primer on police policy and reform.

Beginning with the 1992 Los Angeles Riots and ending with the tumultuous police controversies swirling around both Ferguson, MO and New York City in 2014, Domanick’s fast-paced book is filled with political intrigue, cultural and racial conflict, hard-boiled characters like intransient, warrior minded cops like LAPD chief Daryl Gates and America’s most famous police reformer, William J. Bratton. As the
Los Angeles Times
put it,
Blue
“weaves a compelling, fact-filled tale of a turbulent city in transition and a police department that often seems impervious to civilian control.”

As the story unfolds, Domanick seamlessly injects and analyzes police policies and actions, while discussing police accountability and legitimacy, effective crime-reduction based on real, long-term community policing, and what is necessary for a new stage of progressive police reform to take place. As
Kirkus Reviews
summed up in a starred review: “This is a well-executed, large-scale urban narrative, sprawling, engrossing, and highly relevant to the ongoing controversies about policing post-Ferguson.”

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CONTENTS

Epigraph
Key Players
Author’s Note

PART ONE
   
SOMETHING OLD

Alfred Lomas, Wednesday, April 29, 1992
Tom Bradley, Wednesday, April 29, 1992, First African Methodist Episcopal Church; Bill Parker, Present in the Ether
Charlie Beck, Wednesday, April 29, 1992, Parker Center
Daryl Gates, Wednesday, April 29, 1992, LAPD Headquarters
Charlie Beck, Wednesday, April 29, 1992, Parker Center
Daryl Gates, Wednesday, April 29, 1992, Brentwood, California
Bill Bratton, New York City, Early 1990s
Charlie Beck and Mike Yamaki, Wednesday, April 29, 1992, LAPD Command Post, South Los Angeles
Andre Christian, Wednesday, April 29, 1992, Riverside County; Jordan Downs Housing Project, Watts
Andre Christian, Wednesday, April 29, 1992, Jordan Downs
Alfred Lomas, Thursday, April 30, 1992, Huntington Park, One Block East of South Central L.A.
Thursday, April 30, Across L.A.
Michael Yamaki, Thursday, April 30, 1992, Koreatown
Michael Yamaki, Thursday, April 30, 1992, Watts
Charlie Beck, Late Eighties to Early Nineties, Watts
Curtis Woodle, Thursday, April 30, 1992, Los Angeles Police Academy, Elysian Park
Alfred Lomas, Thursday, April 30, 1992, Florencia 13 Crack House
Charlie Beck, Thursday, April 30, 1992, Los Angeles Coliseum
Tom Bradley, Thursday, April 30, 1992, Los Angeles
Andre Christian, Saturday, May 2, 1992, Jordan Downs
Curtis Woodle, Saturday, May 2, 1992, Florence and Normandie
Charlie Beck, Saturday, May 2, 1992, Coliseum
Connie Rice, Saturday, May 2, 1992, Jordan Downs
Anthony De Los Reyes, May 1992, Los Angeles

PART TWO
   
SOMETHING BORROWED

Daryl Gates and Willie Williams, June 1992, Los Angeles
Willie Williams, Late Eighties to Early Nineties, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Charlie Beck and Andre Christian, 1993, South Los Angeles
Willie Williams, June 1992, Parker Center
Willie Williams, September 1992, Police Administration Building
Bernard Parks, Fall 1992, Parker Center
Alfred Lomas, Early to Mid-Eighties, Scotland, the Philippines, and L.A.
David Mack and Rafael “Ray” Perez, Tuesday, October 26, 1993, Hollywood, California
Bill Bratton and Rudolph Giuliani, November 1993, New York City
Willie Williams, 1992–1993, Los Angeles
Richard Riordan and Willie Williams, June 1993, Los Angeles City Hall
Richard Riordan, 1993
Gary Greenebaum, Summer 1993, Parker Center
O. J. Simpson, June 1994, Brentwood, California
O. J. Simpson and Johnnie Cochran, Superior Court, Downtown Los Angeles
Rafael “Ray” Perez, August 1995, Rampart Division
Willie Williams, October to December 1994, Las Vegas
O. J. 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.

“You know,” he says, “everyone thinks the last line of
Chinatown
is ‘Forget it, Jake, it’s Chinatown.’ But it isn’t.”

“What is it?”

“ ‘Get off the streets.’ ”

—William Bratton to a reporter, shortly after being named chief of the LAPD

KEY PLAYERS

Charlie Beck:
An antigang cop and a sergeant during the ’92 L.A. riots. Beck would rise to become chief of the LAPD in 2009.

Tom Bradley:
Los Angeles’s first black mayor, Bradley served in that capacity for twenty years, including during the ’92 riots.

William Bratton:
A renowned reform chief from Boston and New York, Bratton was hired to reform the LAPD in 2004, afterward returning to New York in 2014 to again lead the NYPD.

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