Once A Cop

Once A Cop

The Street, the Law, Two Worlds, One Man

Book - 2016
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"Former cop sets the record straight in this controversial memoir about his youth selling crack in the 80s with one of NYC's toughest gangs and later rise through the ranks of the NYPD to become a community leader"--
"New Jack City meets Serpico in this provocative memoir of a crack dealer-turned-decorated NYPD officer--a timely reflection on the complex relationship between the police and the communities they are meant to protect. Corey Pegues has lived on both sides of the law. At the height of the 1980s crack epidemic, he was a teenager hugging the street corner, selling dope for the notorious Supreme Team gang and watching drugs decimate his stable, working-class neighborhood almost overnight. After a botched murder attempt on a rival gang member, Corey, the only member of his family to graduate from high school, knew he had to get out. Barely eighteen, with two kids by two different women, Corey left under cover of night to enlist in the US Army. After several years in the military, the police academy was a breeze. In this riveting memoir, Corey takes us into his rise from the rough streets of Queens through the ranks of the NYPD, living and working in the nation's most violent neighborhoods. What is daily life truly like for urban youth in America? What is the one problem endemic in law enforcement that's even more dangerous than rampant racism? There aren't many people who understand both sides of the story the way Corey does. As war rages throughout our nation between police and communities of color, Pegues tears down the blue wall to discuss the discriminatory practices he faced within the NYPD and talks candidly about the distrust between law enforcement and the people. Corey doesn't hate the police. He loves the badge. And, he believes, it's his duty to challenge the culture of racism, silence, and arrogance in the NYPD today"--
Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2016.
Edition: First Atria Books hardcover edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781501110504
Branch Call Number: 363.2 PEGUES
Characteristics: viii, 308 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm


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Fdelarosa Jun 21, 2017

This is was AMAZING!!! What a blessing Officer Pegues is for both the African American and the Law Enforcement communities. I support all human beings to learn, live and progress. His experiences and entire life is a prime example of chances and determination to be the BEST human being he could possibly be!!!

akasq Oct 29, 2016

Read this book . You'll learn current nyc history,enjoy it and be glad you did.
Corey Pegues story.

worker11 Jun 10, 2016

A very good (often amusing)look into the inner workings of NYPD. It gives credibility to the charges of racism and brutality that are leveled against the department. I found it also enlightening re: Giuliani's claims of crime reduction. According to the author, the work really was a result of Mayor Dinkins A quick entertaining read.


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