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A True Story of Police and Political Corruption
by Samuel Clark
ISBN Number 978-0-9764929-1-7
The Book Police Officials Don't Want You To Read!
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Since the establishment of the first police department in New York City in 1844, reports of police misconduct and systemic corruption have abounded. Yet the sole responsibility for the monitoring of officers and the purging of rogue officers has remained within the confines of these very departments. Indeed, what has emerged within U.S. police departments is a mode of self-policing in which secrecy, conflict of interest, and partiality have taken hold. This state of affairs has resulted in departments entrenched in corruption, an unprecedented spike in police misconduct, innocent citizens being harmed, the careers of honest police officers being tarnished or destroyed, an increase in crime, and the wasting of precious financial resources. The purpose of this book is to expose the extent of police corruption and the rampant abuse of power by police officials in the United States. A key revelation of this book is that police officials are protecting and rewarding cops who have engaged in serious criminal misconduct while sujecting police officers who obey the law to severe punishments. How can law enforcement agencies operate so lawlessly in America? It is this question that this book poses to the reader and seeks to address.
Born and raised in Newark, New Jersey, Samuel Clark joined the Newark Police Department on November 20, 1972. During his 25 years with the police department, Mr. Clark has worked as an officer in the patrol division, as a detective assigned to the juvenile bureau and has worked on all kinds of cases ranging from harassment to homicide. He was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 1994 and to lieutenant in 1997.
In 1995 Mr. Clark, while on duty and serving in a supervisory capacity, suffered police brutality at the hands of a lower-ranking Newark police officer. When the officer received a mere reprimand, Clark was prompted to investigate the policies and practices of the Newark Police Department. Not only did he find that the police department had failed to terminate or properly sanction officers who had committed rape, assault, auto theft and other serious crimes; he also found that corruption and differential treatment pervaded the entire department.
When Clark attempted to fulfill his ethical and sworn responsibility to report corruption and differential treatment to his supervisors, they and other high-ranking police officials responded by slapping him with harsh sanctions. Mr. Clark even appeared before the Newark Municipal Council and offered public testimony regarding the corruption he had uncovered. The council, however, did little to stop the corruption or to protect Clark from retaliation. On April 9, 1999, Mr. Clark was terminated from the police department.
Mr. Clark is now retired from the police department and is currently living in Pennsylvania with his wife and daughter. He is an expert in police internal investigations and discipline. Mr. Clark is also a consultant, investigator, researcher and author. He is writing additional books on public safety corruption and participating in police corruption seminars.
"Never before has the systemic culture of police misconduct been so thoroughly described. Lieutenant Clark's experiences and observations show why it will take a virtual revolution in police administration to change the ongoing culture of racism and corruption that plagues so many police departments."
Leon Grauer, Defense Attorney; Former Internal Affairs Prosecutor.
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