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Michael Rothmiller a former detective inside the LAPD Organized Crime Intelligence Division is the co-author of My Hero: Military Kids Write About Their Moms and Dads; Old Dog's Guide for Pups: Advice and Rules for Human Training; and, L.A. Secret Police: Inside the LAPD Elite Spy Network.

According to the book description of L.A. Secret Police: Inside the LAPD Elite Spy Network., “Many first became acquainted with the Los Angeles Police Department in 1992, with the videotape of the Rodney King beating and the subsequent riots. This was common fare for la-la land -- peaceful protesters, for example, learned about LAPD brutality in 1967. Ten years later the ACLU and other citizen groups began investigating the Public Disorder Intelligence Division. In 1983, years after the police commission had ordered PDID to destroy more than 50,000 espionage files, many of these files turned up again. The commission then ordered PDID to disband, whereupon it changed its name to the Anti-Terrorist Division. This was a slick move that used the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles as an excuse.

By 1992, LAPD officer Mike Rothmiller was fed up. He blew the whistle by claiming that the Organized Crime Intelligence Division was the real culprit, while PDID had been more or less a media diversion all along. Since 1957 OCID has collected files on everyone, from movie stars to politicians, and even planted a mole in the mayor's office. Rothmiller was an OCID detective from 1978 to 1982, and enjoyed access to many of these files. In this book he reports numerous instances of unwarranted surveillance, ugly racism, and routine perjury by the LAPD. It's not a pretty picture, but it's much more accurate than those cop shows on TV.”

According to the book description of Old Dog's Guide for Pups: Advice and Rules for Human Training, “Ok you pups out there, listen up. Old Dog is going to explain the whole bone. Common sense Human training is as simple as One, Two, Three. Once you understand its basic principles you can breeze through life with barely a "No! No! No!" along the way. With 50,000 years of human domestication behind canines, it shouldn't be tough to own, train, and enjoy the perfect human. Learn how to maximize your powers of staring, how to claim the perfect sleeping spots all over the house, how to control the car ride, and more.”

L.A. Secret Police: Inside the LAPD Elite Spy Network
David Goldman  More Info

Old Dog's Guide for Pups: Advice and Rules for Human Training
Allen Appel  More Info

My Hero: Military Kids Write About Their Moms and Dads
Allen Appel  More Info

According to the book description of My Hero: Military Kids Write About Their Moms and Dads, “Working through the Armed Services YMCA, Alan Appel and Mike Rothmiller have collected more than 100 essays from children whose parents are serving or have served in the military. The children’s heartfelt, moving, sometimes funny, and completely honest observations about their moms and dads truly capture the emotional connection between parent and child.  It is a connection that cannot be severed even when a parent is thousands of miles away, gone for long stretches of time, and in danger. Inspiring, heartbreaking, and genuine, this book provides a fascinating look inside the hearts and minds of kids who love and honor their moms and dads as heroes - at home or on the battlefield.”

From the History of the Los Angeles Police Department (lapdonline.org)

Determined to resist any potential armed invasion by the Kaiser’s troops, officers were organized into a "Home Guard," armed and made ready to assist the Army and Navy. The Department lost 15 percent of its sworn personnel to the armed forces. During the influenza epidemic of 1918, almost half of a million Americans were fatally stricken. Among them were many LAPD officers.

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