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American Police, A History: 1945-2012: The Blue Parade, Vol. II

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Postwar America saw few changes to law enforcement in one hundred years. The little known San Francisco riot of August 1945 announced the violent events of the next half century. Most of the methods remained unchanged until the 1953 kidnapping of Bobby Greenlease in Kansas City, Missouri, that shook the country.

The 1960s were dominated by civil rights struggles and major riots. Watts, Detroit, and Newark demonstrated how local police ...

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American Police, A History: 1945-2012: The Blue Parade, Vol. II

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Overview

Postwar America saw few changes to law enforcement in one hundred years. The little known San Francisco riot of August 1945 announced the violent events of the next half century. Most of the methods remained unchanged until the 1953 kidnapping of Bobby Greenlease in Kansas City, Missouri, that shook the country.

The 1960s were dominated by civil rights struggles and major riots. Watts, Detroit, and Newark demonstrated how local police departments were unable to handle the disorders that engulfed those cities.

The anti-war protest at the 1968 Chicago Democratic Convention is important to this narrative since the author was in charge of convention security. The police department was split on how to deal with the protestors: a major revelation of this book. The author also turned down an offer to become part of a unit later known as the "plumbers" made to him personally by Attorney General John Mitchell.

The 1970s and '80s are the lowest points in modern American law enforcement until the emergence of "zero tolerance" by New York Commissioner William Bratton and Mayor Rudy Giuliani. 9/11 changes the landscape with the new focus on counter terror and new challenges to law enforcement.

Thomas Reppetto began as a police officer, rising to Commander of Detectives in the Chicago Police Department. In 1970 he received a PhD in public administration from the Harvard School of Government. He taught at the John Jay College of the City University of New York and became dean of graduate studies, then vice president. He is retired and lives in the New York City area.

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In this follow-up to The Blue Parade, recently reissued by Enigma as American Police: The Blue Parade, 1845–1945, Reppetto (American Mafia: A History of Its Rise to Power), a former officer, extends his history of policing in the United States up to the present. He provides summaries of all the major shifts in approaches to policing in the past 60-plus years as well as profiles of influential leaders, including familiar names like J. Edgar Hoover, Raymond Kelly, and William Bratton. He discusses various approaches to policing—from traditional (1940s) to professional (1950s) to impact policing (1990s) to security policing (current). Reppetto is at his best when discussing more recent times (when he was a full participant and observer), but some of his recitations are a bit scant and may send readers looking elsewhere for fuller accounts. VERDICT While Reppetto is careful to disclose when he was personally involved with an investigation, he tends to tread lightly. Given his knowledge and experience, readers may wish he had offered more of his own opinions and insights. Still, a great addition to true crime collections—recommended.—Karen Sandlin Silverman, Ctr. for Applied Research, Philadelphia
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781936274437
  • Publisher: Enigma Books
  • Publication date: 10/23/2012
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas Reppetto is a former commander of detectives in the Chicago police department, where he began his career as a beat cop.
PhD in Public Administration from Harvard University.
Dean of Graduate Studies at John Jay College, CUNY.
Successful author of many books about crime and police history.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: A lifetime of Crime 3

Chapter 1 Policing at the Crossroads 8

Chapter 2 Professional Policing Emerges: Parker in Los Angeles, Schrotel in Cincinnati 29

Chapter 3 Detectives, Hoover, the Mob, and Youth Gangs 45

Chapter 4 Reading the Riot Act: Jenkins in Atlanta, the Bull in Birmingham 63

Chapter 5 Far From the Ivory Tower: O. W. Wilson in Chicago 79

Chapter 6 Nixon's Schemes Fail Webster Saves the FBI 94

Chapter 7 Contrasting Command Styles: Murphy of New York, Rizzo of Philadelphia 112

Chapter 8 Chaos: Cops Lose the Streets 130

Chapter 9 New York Community Policing and Gates' LAPD Style Both Fail 144

Chapter 10 Fighting Crime by the Numbers: Bratton Defies the Experts 159

Chapter 11 Terrorism: Kelly in Command 175

Chapter 12 Policing in the 21st Century: Old Problems, New Solutions 193

Appendix A Crimes of the Century: The Top 10 Criminal Investigations Since 1945 209

Appendix B Top Cops: The 10 Most Important Police Administrators Since 1945 226

Appendix C Understanding Police Terminology 239

Bibliography 241

References 247

Acknowledgements 253

Index 254

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