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A police officer–turned-attorney examines the relationship between law enforcement and the media.

An officer-involved shooting almost guarantees a law enforcement agency will face intense media scrutiny, with today’s 24-hour news cycle only serving to inflame the often fractious relationship between the police and journalists. In this environment, as recent events in Ferguson, Missouri, illustrate, a police department that fails to deal effectively with the media after a shooting may end up with a public relations disaster. “The City of Ferguson Police Department was unprepared for the local, national, and international media attention,” writes LoRusso (When Cops Kill, 2012, etc.). “This was the beginning of a seemingly endless and perfect storm.” In his book, he offers a primer on how law enforcement officials can save themselves from a similar fate, arguing that mutual understanding must replace mutual distrust. “Conflicts between law enforcement and journalists often stem from a lack of understanding,” he observes. “My hope is to broaden the knowledge of both and thereby improve their relationships.” The author has something of a unique perspective, having served as a police officer in Georgia before becoming an attorney. In his practice, he has represented officers accused of misconduct related to shootings. “Although some agencies nail it and get it right every time, most are caught like a deer in the headlights when a critical incident puts them into the spotlight,” he writes. LoRusso’s prescriptions, expressed in clear, lucid prose, are pragmatic and sensible. Among other things, law enforcement agencies need to be proactive—“you cannot allow your agency’s response, or lack thereof, to become the news story”—and never miss an opportunity to educate the public about the work they do and the challenges they face. “Most journalists have no idea why a law enforcement officer would exchange their softball cap or campaign hat for a Kevlar helmet. Show them,” recommends LoRusso, who is also an enthusiastic advocate of police departments having a strong social media presence. The book may have somewhat limited appeal outside the law enforcement and media universes. But with attacks on police officers increasing sharply this year, the author provides a valuable contribution to fostering positive relationships with the media and the public after confrontations.

A perceptive work provides practical and timely suggestions for improving communication after critical incidents such as officer-involved shootings.

Pub Date: Dec. 13, 2016

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: 289

Publisher: BookLogix

Review Posted Online: Dec. 5, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2017

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KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON

THE OSAGE MURDERS AND THE BIRTH OF THE FBI

Dogged original research and superb narrative skills come together in this gripping account of pitiless evil.

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Greed, depravity, and serial murder in 1920s Oklahoma.

During that time, enrolled members of the Osage Indian nation were among the wealthiest people per capita in the world. The rich oil fields beneath their reservation brought millions of dollars into the tribe annually, distributed to tribal members holding "headrights" that could not be bought or sold but only inherited. This vast wealth attracted the attention of unscrupulous whites who found ways to divert it to themselves by marrying Osage women or by having Osage declared legally incompetent so the whites could fleece them through the administration of their estates. For some, however, these deceptive tactics were not enough, and a plague of violent death—by shooting, poison, orchestrated automobile accident, and bombing—began to decimate the Osage in what they came to call the "Reign of Terror." Corrupt and incompetent law enforcement and judicial systems ensured that the perpetrators were never found or punished until the young J. Edgar Hoover saw cracking these cases as a means of burnishing the reputation of the newly professionalized FBI. Bestselling New Yorker staff writer Grann (The Devil and Sherlock Holmes: Tales of Murder, Madness, and Obsession, 2010, etc.) follows Special Agent Tom White and his assistants as they track the killers of one extended Osage family through a closed local culture of greed, bigotry, and lies in pursuit of protection for the survivors and justice for the dead. But he doesn't stop there; relying almost entirely on primary and unpublished sources, the author goes on to expose a web of conspiracy and corruption that extended far wider than even the FBI ever suspected. This page-turner surges forward with the pacing of a true-crime thriller, elevated by Grann's crisp and evocative prose and enhanced by dozens of period photographs.

Dogged original research and superb narrative skills come together in this gripping account of pitiless evil.

Pub Date: April 18, 2017

ISBN: 978-0-385-53424-6

Page Count: 352

Publisher: Doubleday

Review Posted Online: Feb. 1, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15, 2017

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NIGHT

The author's youthfulness helps to assure the inevitable comparison with the Anne Frank diary although over and above the...

Elie Wiesel spent his early years in a small Transylvanian town as one of four children. 

He was the only one of the family to survive what Francois Maurois, in his introduction, calls the "human holocaust" of the persecution of the Jews, which began with the restrictions, the singularization of the yellow star, the enclosure within the ghetto, and went on to the mass deportations to the ovens of Auschwitz and Buchenwald. There are unforgettable and horrifying scenes here in this spare and sombre memoir of this experience of the hanging of a child, of his first farewell with his father who leaves him an inheritance of a knife and a spoon, and of his last goodbye at Buchenwald his father's corpse is already cold let alone the long months of survival under unconscionable conditions. 

The author's youthfulness helps to assure the inevitable comparison with the Anne Frank diary although over and above the sphere of suffering shared, and in this case extended to the death march itself, there is no spiritual or emotional legacy here to offset any reader reluctance.

Pub Date: Jan. 16, 2006

ISBN: 0374500010

Page Count: 120

Publisher: Hill & Wang

Review Posted Online: Oct. 7, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15, 2006

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