Cop in the Hood: My Year Policing Baltimore's Eastern District by Peter Moskos | 9780691143866 | Paperback | Barnes & Noble
Cop in the Hood: My Year Policing Baltimore's Eastern District

Cop in the Hood: My Year Policing Baltimore's Eastern District

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by Peter Moskos
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691143862

ISBN-13: 9780691143866

Pub. Date: 08/03/2009

Publisher: Princeton University Press

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

Overview

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."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691143866
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
08/03/2009
Edition description:
With a New afterword by the author
Pages:
280
Sales rank:
595,952
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
CHAPTER 1: The Departed 1
CHAPTER 2: Back to School: The Police Academy 19
CHAPTER 3: New Jack: Learning to Do Drugs 38
CHAPTER 4: The Corner: Life on the Streets 64
CHAPTER 5: 911 Is a Joke 89
CHAPTER 6: Under Arrest: Discretion in the Ghetto 111
CHAPTER 7: Prohibition: Al Capone's Revenge 158
EPILOGUE: School Daze 184
AFTERWORD TO THE PAPERBACK EDITION
Policing Green 197
Notes 213
Bibliography 233
Index 257

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Cop in the Hood: My Year Policing Baltimore's Eastern District 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Derek_Riemer More than 1 year ago
I read this book for a project I conducted on police for school. I never realized how hard cops work. While reading this book I learned lots of information about the role that 911 plays on police who would otherwise work by patrolling specific areas of the ghetto and keeping violent criminals from having their way on drug corners. The book uses examples to prove points. The writing jumps around quite a bit which causes the book to lack some structure. The book talks a bit about the prohibition of drugs and how it makes things hard for cops because of the restriction of what a cop can search for on criminals. It would be, as proven from the book, easier to just leave people alone than go through the hassle of searching them. I feel that this is the most important part of the book because it points out an inefficiency in the criminal justice system. It is also important to realize that this inefficiency may be seen as a check on the power of a police officer. If you enjoy reading about the experiences of professions this book may be for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago