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Peter DiDomenica “is employed by the Boston University Police as a Detective Lieutenant where he commands the BU Police Detective Division. He served as a Massachusetts State Police officer for over twenty-two years, retiring as a lieutenant in August 2010. He is also presently an attorney having been admitted to the bar for twelve years.  His previous State Police assignments included serving as a supervisory investigator in the State Police Major Crime Unit and as Director of Legal Training at the Massachusetts State Police Academy. In his last assignment with the State Police he served as a lieutenant and staff member in the Office of the Superintendent where he was a subject matter expert and trainer on racial profiling. In this capacity he designed statewide training programs on racial profiling and traffic stop data collection and has designed traffic stop data collection reporting and analysis systems for monitoring of discriminatory enforcement practices. He has served as a subject matter expert on behavior analysis for the U.S. Army, Transportation Security Administration, Department of Homeland Security, and National Science Foundation. He has been a lecturer on terrorism related issues for the FBI, CIA, Secret Service, DHS, and the Department of Defense Criminal Investigations Task Force. He holds a Juris Doctor from Western New England College School of Law.”  Peter DiDomenica is a co-author of Journey from Genesis to Genocide: Hate, Empathy, and the Plight of Humanity.

According to the book description of Journey from Genesis to Genocide: Hate, Empathy, and the Plight of Humanity, “We are all familiar with the violence that results from anger and rage a momentary reaction to a provocation that results in destructive behavior. But what is it about human nature that allows entire populations to engage in the wholesale destruction of another population with cruel efficiency and little or no remorse or guilt? In the twentieth century deliberate and planned destructive behavior on massive scales resulted in more than 160 million deaths, nearly equaling the entire population of the world at the time of Jesus Christ. This book is an insightful and inspiring exploration of the depths of the human soul that combines the latest scientific knowledge with vivid historical examples and the authors real world experience as career law enforcement and homeland security officials. This journey is presented with a unique and paradigm-shifting perspective on man s capacity to commit extreme atrocities, including ethnic cleansings and genocide, as well as man s ability to engage in selfless acts of compassion. The authors focus on the one emotion that brings man to the apex of evil - hate- and the emotion that is key to our altruism - empathy. The authors persuade the reader that the control of hatred and fostering of empathy are critical to our ultimate survival as a species. These two emotional states are the polar opposites that determine who we are willing to destroy and who we are willing to save.”

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