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EXPERT WITNESS: Breaking the Policemen's Blue Code of Silence

Tony Bouza

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ISBN 10: 0988867214 / ISBN 13: 9780988867215
Published by A Bigger Play, 2013
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Title: EXPERT WITNESS: Breaking the Policemen's ...

Publisher: A Bigger Play

Publication Date: 2013

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Good

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In Expert Witness: Breaking the Policemen’s Blue Code of Silence, the author, Bouza, a 30 year police veteran, describes his experiences as an expert witness testifying on behalf of people harmed by the police. A mesmerizing story teller, Bouza describes in searing narrative the scores of legal cases in which he served, bringing a rare behind the scenes look at the police world. Whether it is the case of the Central Park Jogger and the NYPD, Rodney King and the LAPD, Attica State Prison and then Governor Nelson Rockefeller, protestors trying to protect thousand-year-old trees, or the scores of unknown people seriously mistreated and harmed by the police with their cover ups and "testilying", Bouza breaks the blue code of silence and tells it the way he, a seasoned police professional with no illusions, sees it. This book is a must read both for the lay person fascinated by police work and crime stories as well as for the professional – whether attorney, law student, law enforcement officer, or criminal justice student. Bouza does not shy away from the use of force by police, but insists that it be applied lawfully. “I am an unapologetic supporter of the use of police violence, even lethal force, but it has to be guided by the law, the standards of reasonableness, and the U.S. Constitution.“ Bouza knows the obstacles to the truth emerging when the police are accused of wrongdoing. Navigating the maze of “testilying”, the Blue Code of Silence, and cover-ups is difficult. Penetrating the hermetically sealed culture of the police world is both daunting and beyond the reach of outsiders, but in this book, Bouza has pierced the Policemen’s Blue Code of Silence. Maybe lawyers can compare their cases against these and deduce their chances of success. Even citizens who had been wronged by cops might weigh their prospects against the dramas described here. And for the general reader, he hopes to enlighten and entertain, both with a better understanding of the justice system and the bizarre actions of other humans mostly acting badly.

About the Author:

Author Tony Bouza has had a lengthy police career as an officer of the law, first in New York where he rose from the starting ranks of the NYPD to the highest positions. Later, he served two terms as Chief of Police for the city of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Upon his retirement from the Chief’s position, Bouza began to function as an expert witness, testifying on police practices, procedures and programs in cases involving brutality, false arrest, and other acts of police wrong doing. This went on until 2012 and encompassed about eighty cases where citizens had sued the police for wrongdoing and harm. Bouza’s outlook toward police is best characterized in his own words: I am an unapologetic supporter of the use of police violence, even lethal force, but it has to be guided by the law, the standards of reasonableness, and the U.S. Constitution. I have presided over clubbings, shootings, gassings, and other assaults by the police. I see violence as a key weapon in the police arsenal and I have trained cops in the full range of possibilities available to us. My only caveat is that the use of force has to be legally justified, measured, and appropriate, and that the weapons have to be in conformance with the law. Bouza has dedicated his police career and expert witness career to upholding these principles, in defense equally of the police acting lawfully and of those persons harmed by police misconduct. Expert Witness: Breaking the Policemen’s Blue Code of Silence is Bouza’s tenth book. For a complete bibliography, see

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