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Old 09-24-2012, 8:51 AM
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Default Book about Compton PD

Found this at the book store the other day.



I'm 3/4 of the way through the book and all I gotta say is wow. Crazy stories.

The book takes place in the 60's, 70's, 80's, but also includes historical facts that go back longer than that. He gives his side of the story in regards to Compton PD's bad reputation & also talks about the city politics in those days.

I figured some of you guys (especially the older LEO's) would find the book interesting.
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Old 09-24-2012, 11:11 PM
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I remember talking to some of those guys when they were still around before the LASD takeover. Sure sounded like a wild west sort of place. Every t-stop was a high risk felony stop. Shootings all the time. Foot pursuits non stop. Everyone carried 3 guns, 3 impact weapons, wore sap gloves, etc. Just like a war zone almost.
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Old 09-24-2012, 11:16 PM
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Found this at the book store the other day.



I'm 3/4 of the way through the book and all I gotta say is wow. Crazy stories.

The book takes place in the 60's, 70's, 80's, but also includes historical facts that go back longer than that. He gives his side of the story in regards to Compton PD's bad reputation & also talks about the city politics in those days.

I figured some of you guys (especially the older LEO's) would find the book interesting.
Awesome book.
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Whats the name of the book?
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Whats the name of the book?
Vice: One Cops Story of Patrolling America's Most Dangerous City

By Sgt. John R. Baker w/ Stephen J. Rivele
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Old 09-25-2012, 5:30 PM
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http://www.amazon.com/The-Firestone-.../dp/0970657641 Another great read. It is fiction but there is a bunch of truth in this.
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Thank u much
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There is another titled Ghetto Cops. It's probably out of print but one chapter is devoted to someone I know very well and it suits him.
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Not wanting to steal the thread. But this book made a real impact on me when I read it 30 years ago. Basically itís a professor who is challenged to become a cop for six months and see how and why we do what we do. He goes in thinking he will remain the same, but, well we know the outcome.

My GF just read it and said it helps her understand how we think and react different, even off duty, from regular citizens.

http://www.amazon.com/Signal-Zero-Ge.../dp/0345257715

Copies are expensive, I have one and will loan it to the coppers here. PM me if you want.
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You guys just helped me wrap up my Christmas list! My grandfather's a retired Detective and will definitely like Vice and Signal Zero, as far as I have looked. Thanks!
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Ordered from Amazon tonight. Only a few bucks. Thanks guys. I'm looking forward to reading this one.
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Ordered from Amazon tonight. Only a few bucks. Thanks guys. I'm looking forward to reading this one.
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That is one nasty city, but it has gotten MUCH better since LASD took it over and Compton PD went by way of the Dodo. You should have seen the mess LASD found. Corruption, many hundreds of unworked cases, including homicides, gangs ruled the streets, there was ZERO trust between citizens and law enforcement, and the list goes on. Some of the Compton PD officer who passed the backgrounds were absorbed into LASD, but many were rejected.

Although Compton is still a nasty place, it has change quite a bit for the better. Law abiding citizens in Compton have a new relationship with law enforcement, those cases have been worked and many solved, The crime rate is much lower than it was and gang bangers have been somewhat neutered. Violence is still a huge issue because the city is packed tightly with thugs and gang bangers, but it is nothing compared to what it use to be. I have heard gang bangers complain that the "Sheriffs" are on them constantly. As it should be.
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That is one nasty city, but it has gotten MUCH better since LASD took it over and Compton PD went by way of the Dodo. You should have seen the mess LASD found. Corruption, many hundreds of unworked cases, including homicides, gangs ruled the streets, there was ZERO trust between citizens and law enforcement, and the list goes on. Some of the Compton PD officer who passed the backgrounds were absorbed into LASD, but many were rejected.

Although Compton is still a nasty place, it has change quite a bit for the better. Law abiding citizens in Compton have a new relationship with law enforcement, those cases have been worked and many solved, The crime rate is much lower than it was and gang bangers have been somewhat neutered. Violence is still a huge issue because the city is packed tightly with thugs and gang bangers, but it is nothing compared to what it use to be. I have heard gang bangers complain that the "Sheriffs" are on them constantly. As it should be.
It's not so bad now. I drove through it last week and nobody even looked at me twice, except for this one really cute girl in a SUV... but she could be just a ringer and setting me up to be distracted so the gangbangers can kill me.

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I remember a story of two Compton officers (a veteran and a rookie) allowing a bad guy to get the drop on them during a t-stop. Both officers were made to kneel down and then shot in the back of the head execution style.
Yes, remember that very well. It was a warzone, literally, back then.
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I work for LASD.....trust me when i say Compton is FUBAR still, but not as bad as it once was. Demographics have changed quite a bit too.
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Just finished reading it. Awesome book.
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