Adam Bereki began his career in law enforcement at age 15. By 20, he was sponsored to the police academy and graduated with top honors in his class. He was well respected and regularly received commendations from his supervisors and people on the streets he patrolled. It all changed when his co-workers began to suspect he was a closeted gay man. He was sexually assaulted and harassed by his partners. Charges were fabricated against him, and his evaluations-once focused on praise-became tools to plot his destruction at the hands of those he once trusted. Having known it would be career suicide to come out, he tolerated the attacks for years until he had finally had enough. Rather than quit, he mustered the courage to stand up to the department and filed over a dozen allegations of misconduct. The harassment only escalated, leading to an unfair demotion with a reduction in pay. Though the idealistic optimism with which he began his career was fading away, he persisted and ultimately settled one of the biggest gay discrimination lawsuits in history. His journey, however, was far from over. Visit www.friendlyfirethebook.com for more information.
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Thank you for having the courage to share your story. Several parts of the book literally brought tears to my eyes. I wish I had known about you back in 2000 when I was feeling so isolated in this job. --Fellow Police Officer
I like very much that you not only expose the environment that allowed for your mistreatment to have continued even after a complaint but of more importance is that you didn't allow your pain to cause you to self destruct. You found it within yourself to find inner peace at the same time. --Anonymous
I think the sections on your experience with religion and your exploration and travel is one of the really unique pieces of your story and it illustrates how you reconciled your beliefs with your identity and being gay. This is a huge piece for gay people whether they are in law enforcement or not. My sense is that many gay people give up on faith altogether because the doctrine they were raised with doesn't accept them and re-programming those fibers seems impossible. --Retired Police Officer
The PD environment is permeated with homophobia. I don't see that it will make a difference within the walls of the PD but will probably make a difference in someone's life that you don't even know. Your book may help someone to not take their own life when faced with a similar situation --Retired HBPD Employee
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Book Description The Spartan Associates, Inc., 2010. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110984453105