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
Career police officer turned CNN contributor offers a "hard-hitting, convincing indictment of the biases in today's law enforcement." --Booklist (starred review)
"The hidden dysfunctions in American policing are laid bare in this searching exposé.... Horace and coauthor Harris write sympathetically of the dilemmas of policing, but are uncompromising in their indictment of abuses. Horace's street cred and hard-won insights make this one of the best treatments yet of police misconduct." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Matthew Horace was an officer at the federal, state, and local level for 28 years working in every state in the country. Yet it was after seven years of 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.
Using gut-wrenching reportage, on-the-ground research, and personal accounts garnered by interviews with police and government officials around the country, Horace presents an insider's examination of police tactics, which he concludes is an "archaic system" built on "toxic brotherhood." Horace dissects some of the nation's most highly publicized police shootings and communities highlighted in the Black Lives Matter movement and beyond to explain how these systems and tactics have had detrimental outcomes to the people they serve. Horace provides fresh analysis on communities experiencing the high killing and imprisonment rates due to racist policing such as Ferguson, New Orleans, Baltimore, and Chicago from a law enforcement point of view and uncovers what has sown the seeds of violence.
Timely and provocative, The Black and The Blue sheds light on what truly goes on behind the blue line.