Police on a Pedestal: Responsible Policing in a Culture of Worship, 1st Edition

  • Terrell Carter
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  • ISBN-10: 1440866376
  • ISBN-13: 9781440866371
  • DDC: 363.2
  • 152 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2019 | Published/Released September 2019
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2019

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Relationships between law enforcement and minority cultures in the United States have historically been filled with tension, and they continue to be strained due to multiple high-profile police shootings of unarmed minorities. Outrage over these incidents has launched local and national demonstrations protesting police brutality and militarization of law enforcement, and there are renewed conversations about the inherent value of black and brown lives. Exploring the historic reasons for the divisions between law enforcement and minority cultures, the author describes his experiences growing up as a black child in St. Louis, MO, and his career as a pastor of an urban congregation and an officer who patrolled two of the city's most dangerous neighborhoods. His experiences illuminate the temptations officers regularly face when interacting with minority cultures, and he provides solutions that faith-based communities can adopt to help law enforcement do their jobs more equitably.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: The Story of Policing Depends on Who Is Telling the Story.
2: How Does the State Fit into the Storytelling Process?.
3: The Aftereffects of the Story.
4: How Can the Story End Better?.
Brief Concluding Thoughts.
About the Author.