The Black and the Blue
A Cop Reveals the Crimes, Racism, and Injustice in America¿s Law Enforcement
By Matthew Horace & Ron Harris
Narrated by Matthew Horace / 9 hours 29 minutes
“The Black and the Blue is the only book needed to not only understand systemic police violence and corruption; but also the culture within law enforcement agencies that has lead to the controversial incidents dominating headlines in recent years. Written by 28 year veteran officer Matthew Horace, who has worked in law enforcement in every state in the U.S. and at all levels of government; The Black and the Blue is a fascinating account of the challenges law enforcement officers face in the line of duty; and for Horace, what it is like to experience both sides of police culture—as an officer enforcing the law, and as a citizen who has not always been treated fairly by law enforcement. A must listen!”Kendra, We Are LIT
Longlisted for the PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction
"A MUST-READ FOR ANYONE WHO WANTS TO UNDERSTAND THE INTERSECTION OF RACE AND POLICE BRUTALITY IN AMERICA." -CONGRESSMAN JOHN LEWIS
During his 28-year career, Matthew Horace rose through the ranks from a police officer working the beat to a federal agent working criminal cases in some of the toughest communities in America to a highly decorated federal law enforcement executive managing high-profile investigations nationwide. Yet it was not until seven years into his service- when Horace found himself face down on the ground with a gun pointed at his head by a white fellow officer-that he fully understood the racism seething within America's police departments.
Through gut-wrenching reportage, on-the-ground research, and personal accounts from interviews with police and government officials around the country, Horace presents an insider's examination of archaic police tactics. He dissects some of the nation's most highly publicized police shootings and communities to explain how these systems and tactics have hurt the people they serve, revealing the mistakes that have stoked racist policing, sky-high incarceration rates, and an epidemic of violence.
"Horace's authority as an experienced officer, as well as his obvious integrity and courage, provides the book with a gravitas." -THE WASHINGTON POST
"The Black and the Blue is an affirmation of the critical need for criminal justice reform, all the more urgent because it comes from an insider who respects his profession yet is willing to reveal its flaws." -USA TODAY