Former Seattle Police Chief Norm Stamper, 61, has published a book, “Breaking Rank: A Top Cop’s Exposé of the Dark Side of American Policing,” says the Seattle Times. It is a memoir of some of the events in his 34 years as a police officer in San Diego and Seattle. Stamper is known for his liberal ideas; he believes police should be less militaristic, that white police officers kill black men out of fear, and that racism and sexism still exist in police departments.
Stamper resigned in 1999 after the city’s World Trade Organization riots, for which he now claims responsibility. The riots caused $2.5 million in damages and gave Seattle officials a harsh comeuppance that Stamper is a long way from forgetting. Much of the fallout was directed at Stamper and his department, which critics claimed were ill-prepared for protests.