American Badge Betrayed

American Badge Betrayed

by Robert E. Alvarez

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Overview

The conduct of police in America has come under more scrutiny today than at any other time. There are so many unanswered questions about incidents depicted on the news of police misconduct and police shootings. So often the public is left wondering why there seems to be so much injustice in our justice system. This book will attempt to shed light into the dark truth of wearing a badge in America. It is a first-hand account of Robert Alvarez's experience as a police officer in Lowell, Massachusetts. Robert E. Alvarez is a decorated Hispanic officer who retired from the Lowell, Massachusetts police after 24 years of service. Throughout his career he held positions as a SWAT team leader and was an instructor of several disciplines. His story is one of a 16 year fight to clear his name that entails detailed battles against police corruption at the highest levels. It tells the truth about the extensive corruption in the Lowell Police Department and the truth about the conduct of several of the police chiefs and command staff there. One cannot truly understand the police culture unless they are fully immersed in it as an officer themselves. An observer looking in from the outside will not be able to comprehend the convoluted matrix that is the police method of operation. This book provides the reader with an insider's view of the police culture in an attempt to help people understand what is behind some of the police behavior in our country today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781483590080
Publisher: BookBaby
Publication date: 01/18/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 244
Sales rank: 1,121,454
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Robert E. Alvarez is a decorated Hispanic officer who retired from the Lowell, Massachusetts police after 24 years of service. Throughout his career he held positions as a SWAT team leader and was an instructor of several disciplines. His story is one of a 16 year fight to clear his name that entails detailed battles against police corruption at the highest levels.

Table of Contents

About the Author vi

Foreword ix

Introduction 1

The Kennedy Incident 4

NEMLEC Chiefs Meetings 15

City Manager and Civil Service Hearing 30

The Bus Incident 37

Corruption, Cronyism, and Discrimination 44

Deposition 53

Internal Affairs: Citizens Complaints 73

Acting as My Own Attorney 80

Consistent Disparate Treatment 86

To Be a Detective 96

Awards 106

Where did all the money go? 123

Davis' Claim to Fame 134

The Trial 144

The Verdict 169

After Winning the Trial 175

Davis Appointed as Commissioner of Boston Police 197

Conclusion 210

Where Are They Now? 223

Works Cited 226

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American Badge Betrayed 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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Reviewed by Lucinda E Clarke for Readers' Favorite American Badge Betrayed by Robert E Alvarez tells the story of how an altercation between himself and another police officer at the scene of an arrest started the ball rolling on a nine-year battle to clear his name, regain the status level he had already achieved working in the police department, and open the door for further promotional opportunities. On the face of it, this brief argument - which included minor pushing and shoving - escalated over the years, and throughout the book, Alvarez backs up his account with documented proof, which starts even before the court case and the subsequent appeal. Towards the end of his book, Robert E Alvarez tells us that he was prompted to write and publish his book as Hollywood was soon to release a film about the Boston Marathon Massacre. He wanted to expose in particular the unethical behaviour of the man praised for successfully directing the efficient and commendable work done by the police force under his command. Ed Davis stole the limelight and took all the credit - the same police chief who had on many occasions, according to the author, practiced blatant discrimination and won promotion for his excellent work in the police force, whereas the exact opposite is true. Hollywood has never been known for letting the truth get in the way of a good story. You have to admire Alvarez for relentlessly pursuing his principles and his ingrained passion for the truth. It may not be portrayed on our television screens, but the thinking public is probably aware that cronyism, favouritism and networking is not only prevalent in the police force, but at every level of council, state, government and corporate business. It’s what keeps the wheels turning, despite people being placed in positions for which they are neither suited nor qualified. People in power will lie, steal, cheat, perjure and bully their way to the top and, once there, threaten anyone in a subordinate position who fails to support them. This book is yet another account of how the world is really run and, sadly, will continue to be run as long as power, greed, and the old boy network lasts. I applaud the author for his courage, but although he eventually won his court case and was awarded almost minimal damages, in the end those who perpetrated the injustice escaped censure and emerged unscathed. A sad reflection on our society.