by Jeff Roorda
The War on Police is a cop's-eye view of one of the most tumultuous times in recent history for law enforcement, which has spawned a growing movement, fueled by a biased news media and Black Lives Matter, to demonize police across the country.
In the wake of the highly publicized shooting of Michael Brown after he robbed a store and attacked Officer Darren Wilson, the media and race-baiters immediately vilified the police. Even though the U.S. Justice Department, having reviewed 35,000 pages of records and forensic evidence and conducted hundreds of interviews, was forced to exonerate Officer Wilson, that meant nothing to angry protesters and the political and media elite. The Obama administration chose to “let the embers of civil unrest burn, fanned by the rhetoric of opportunistic race dividers,” says the president of the Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund. Indeed, the battle lines had already been drawn and the attacks on police that followed Michael Brown’s death and Officer Wilson’s acquittal have since mushroomed into an all-out war.
Complete with an exclusive one-on-one interview with Officer Darren Wilson, The War on Police starts by setting the record straight about the realities on the ground in Ferguson, repudiating the shameful movement against police. Author Jeff Roorda was law enforcement’s most outspoken champion throughout the grueling ordeal in Missouri, offering a unique perspective on the impossible situation police departments nationwide encounter as they face-off against the media, politicians, protestors, and criminals. Roorda analyzes how, nearly two years later, the media perversely continue to slant story after story, attacking the methods police use to protect communities and themselves from criminals, despite the reality that before the Ferguson incident, crime had been declining for two decades. Yet after Ferguson and the war on police it ignited, violent crime has surged in cities across the country.
The War on Police examines how fear of retaliation from politicians has seriously restricted police efforts to stop the thugs. Roorda looks at major cities across the country and shows how the bad guys – who know the police are now afraid to show force – are running rampant, leading to a sharp increase in thefts, shootings, and other crimes. The cops are alternately maligned for using too much force, and then for not stopping the violence. This dangerous war against the nation's police departments is making America increasingly unsafe and, ironically, turning our streets into war zones.
Jeff Roorda, a retired police officer and a four-term Missouri State Representative, currently works as the Business Manager for the St. Louis Police Officers Association, the union that represents police in St. Louis, Missouri. Roorda is a monthly columnist for the Gendarme, the official newspaper of the St. Louis Police Officers Association. In the wake of the shooting of Michael Brown, Roorda was the go-to police commentator for CNN’s coverage of the Ferguson incident and its aftermath, appearing on ABC, CNN, FOX and other news networks.
"If you want to be better informed about the debate — no matter which side you’re on — read this book."
—Harry Levins, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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"Jeff Roorda provides a captivating examination of what happened in Ferguson, why it happened and where we go from here. Smart, funny, candid and sincere, it's a must read for cops, police supporters, and anyone with an open mind. Mark out some time in your schedule for this book because once you pick it up, you won't be able to put it down."
—Tom Jackson, Retired Ferguson Police Chief
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"The War on Police is a refreshingly honest look at the events of Ferguson but it doesn't stop there. Roorda's engaging writing style and his gripping examination of police-race relations in a broken political system is sure to ensnare you. His passion and his compassion come bursting through the pages of this must read book."
—Jamie Allman, News Anchor ABC30 St. Louis
- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: WND Books
- Publication Date: November 10, 2016
- ISBN-13: 978-1944229528
- Dimensions: 6 x 9 inches