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by Peter Moskos

June 29, 2009

I've been Pepper Sprayed

There are probably hundreds of police blogs out there. Too much chaff and not enough wheat. The only police blog I actually read is Pepper Spray Me. Each post is interesting and it's all very well written and professionally presented. I hope and assume a book is on the way. Remember the equation: police book = movie-rights staring Denzel Washington = $$$ (except of course, like in my case, when it doesn't).

I'm sure there are some other gems of law enforcement blogging out there, but I don't have the patience to find them. If you know other good police blogs--not too many posts, not too few, not predictable, tells me something I don't already know--let me know!

Anyway, the author of pepper spray is a bit like Bat Man to me. We run into each other every now and then in the comments section, but I don't know who he is or where he works. But I know he's on the side of good.

He wrote an excellent (dare I say even touching) review of my book. Thanks, One Time! I'm glad you liked it. Keep up the good writing and stay safe.
In 1999, Peter Moskos was a graduate student at Harvard University. He wanted to study cops, and figured the best way to do that was to cross the Thin Blue Line.
Moskos proclaims the War on Drugs a messy failure. He tells why, from his front line experience as a grunt in the war, we’re losing the fight.

Cops and sociologists alike can be difficult people to understand. This might lead you to believe that Cop in the Hood will be twice as hard to follow. Not so. Moskos strips away hard to decipher copspeak and sociological mumbo jumbo and presents something easily digestible by the average reader.

Whether you agree or disagree with Moskos’ views on the War on Drugs, he cannot be dismissed as your average know-nothing academic. Moskos is a veteran of a war he disagrees with. But he has walked the walk, respects the brotherhood and, as far as I’m concerned, still bleeds blue.

Read the whole review here.


dave h. said...

"Remember the equation: police book = movie-rights staring Denzel Washington = $$$ (except of course, like in my case, when it doesn't)."

Oh don't give up yet, Peter! I can see Martin Scorsese turning your book into a gritty police drama with foreboding urban landscapes, shocking plot twists, music by the Rolling Stones and Dropkick Murphys, and starring someone like Matt Damon or Mark Wahlberg...oh shit, that's "The Departed." My bad. It's still possible though. Do you know David Simon by chance?

Anonymous said...


I realize this is off topic,but what are your thoughts on the New Haven fire department/Ricci case?

How are promotions handled in police departments?


Dylan said...

Here's a great blog written by a Chicago cop who really knows how to write:


One Time said...

Hey, thanks for the plug! I don't know about writing a book... trying to stay somewhat consistent with blog posts is challenging enough. I can't even begin to fathom what it would be like to try and crank out a book!!!

Anonymous said...




are my other two fav cop blogs along with pepper spray.

PCM said...

Thanks, everybody!