The most encouraging aspect of this book is its portrait of the police officers themselves. Moskos holds his former colleagues in the highest esteem, and he takes offense at claims that urban cops are crooked and racist. There will always be bad apples, but the officers he met were honorable, if a bit hard around the edges. (“We’re not social workers with guns,” one cop joked.) Ultimately, readers of Cop in the Hood are left with a renewed appreciation for the men in blue.
December 11, 2008
Rachel DiCarlo Currie writes a very nice review of Cop in the Hood in The American.