Uniform Decisions: My Life in the LAPD and The North Hollywood Shootout

Uniform Decisions: My Life in the LAPD and The North Hollywood Shootout

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by John Caprarelli, Lee Mindham
     
 

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February 28, 1997, Los Angeles, California - After a botched robbery at a Bank of America branch in North Hollywood, two robbers, armed with fully automatic assault rifles and wearing full body armor, fired more than 1,100 rounds as they battled police.

Eleven officers and two civilians were wounded. The two robbers, Emil Matasareanu and Larry Eugene Phillips Jr.,

Overview

February 28, 1997, Los Angeles, California - After a botched robbery at a Bank of America branch in North Hollywood, two robbers, armed with fully automatic assault rifles and wearing full body armor, fired more than 1,100 rounds as they battled police.

Eleven officers and two civilians were wounded. The two robbers, Emil Matasareanu and Larry Eugene Phillips Jr., were killed by gunfire.

Officer John Caprarelli was one of the first officers at the scene. Before a national TV audience, he confronted one of the robbers, provoking a gun fight and exchanging numerous shots before the gunman fell.

Officer Caprarelli was awarded the LAPD's highest honor, the Medal of Valor, as well as a National Top Cop Award. In this memoir John gives the reader a rare glimpse into his private life along with vivid recollections of events during his 27-year career with the LAPD culminating in a detailed breakdown of his thoughts and actions during the infamous bank robbery.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780984916702
Publisher:
End of Watch
Publication date:
12/30/2011
Pages:
210
Sales rank:
721,554
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

John Caprarelli was born in Los Angeles, California in 1957. Retired from the Los Angeles Police Department after working a cross section of assignments, his involvement in the infamous 1997 North Hollywood Bank of America robbery and shootout was the pinnacle of a 27 year police career. Between hobbies, he continues to speak at various venues regarding his career, the 1997 shootout and life lessons learned.

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Uniform Decisions: My Life in the LAPD and The North Hollywood Shootout 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
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All should read this
loriweller1 More than 1 year ago
Uniformed Decisions is a great view of the life of a LAPD officer. It is both light-hearted and serious. The book keeps you entertained by the stories of being a rookie cop. But near the end the description of the North Hollywood shootout is spellbinding, and keeps you on the end of your seat. I think the descriptions of how your partner or coworkers can make your day good or bad is so true. It is something everyone needs to be mindful of in any workplace. People in the service field have to be commended for all the time and energy given to others selflessly.I recieved the book from the Book Club Network for my honest review.
MitziAB More than 1 year ago
 I found this book much easier to read than many memoirs and autobiographies tend to be. Well written,  not a lot of extraneous and dry words that lost me. I loved the way John lets the reader into his life and lets us see both the good and boring days, the great teachers and better teachers, everything involved in being the best policeman and person you can be. Although the story leads up to the North Hollywood shoot out, it is so much more as we follow John on his rounds and in his life. Definitely a winner in my books, and I am blessed that he chose me to review this. I received this book free from the author, John Caprarelli through The Bookclub Network for the purpose of reviewing. A positive critique was not required. The opinions stated are my own.
Bookworm_Debbie More than 1 year ago
Fantastic memoir! I received a free copy of this book through The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion. I don’t read very many memoirs. I am just more interested in fiction. I decided to read this one because I remember hearing about the shootout at the Bank of America in North Hollywood on the news. I’m very glad that I did read this memoir.  It captured my attention before I even finished the prologue. The writing style was very simple and easy to follow and understand. The cover of the book draws attention to the fact that the North Hollywood Shootout is covered in this book. Yet when I started reading it I found that over half of the book tells about John’s path to becoming a police officer, his training and the rest of his years with the LAPD. I found the entire book to be very interesting and informative. When he got to the events of February 28, 1997 it was clearly written and exciting. I was very glad that he went on to tell how that one day affected his life and his fellow officers that were there. I highly recommend this book.
Diana0 More than 1 year ago
Uniform Decisions By: Lee Mindham I know when we was offered this book to read I thought it’s a cop book. Not really up my alley. Well when I opened the first page I will say I was glued to it. Story of Officer John Caprarelli. The book was very exciting telling things he went through just to get on the force. The biggest thing was the North Hollywood Shootout. This was filled with lots of action. Reading through this knowing that a cop puts his life on the line to protect us. We need to think not only their life but their family at home and how it affects them also. There needs to be support out here for them and their families. John Caprerellli thanks for your service. The book was very well written if there is a second book I would be happy to read it.
ShareeS More than 1 year ago
Uniform Decisions tells the author’s career story from his decision to pursue law enforcement to the ultimate life changing event… a shootout. This book is a good read for those who are interested in an overview of the life of a police officer. It includes daily interactions as well as extreme stressors they may encounter. The author explains his experiences from being a new officer to all of the other divisions he spent time in, lending a lot of credibility to the job/career he possessed. To receive the medal of valor is no small accomplishment. When John Caprarelli discusses the shootout, I found myself going back in time and watching the event play out on the TV (even if it was only in my mind). I did enjoy reading about the author’s faith when he was faced with medical issues afterward the event. I would have liked to read more about the actual shootout and his personal mental health issues and how he dealt with them. Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone interested in reading about the career of an L.A.P.D officer. I received this book from The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
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