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Code of Police Silence, Behind the Thin Blue Line
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In 1999, a former Santa Ana Police Department (California) police officer, Victor Paez Torres, wrote Code of Police Silence: Behind the Thin Blue Line.  According to the book description “COPS is a police story set in the late 1970's in the southern California city of Santa Ana, yet many of the events chronicled could just have well taken place today in any city of America. Author, Victor Paez Torres, skillfully utilizes symbolism and realism to portray the dynamics of Latino duality and introspection as these Latino cops endeavor to defeat the beast of racism.” 


At the time of publication, Adrian Garcia, National President, National Latino Peace Officers Association said of the book, “As a nineteen year law enforcement veteran, I find COPS as a very accurate depiction of the challenges faced by Latino officers in the 1970s. Unfortunately, some of what is mentioned in this book is still occurring. Hopefully, this book will inspire more Hispanic officers to accept the challenge to be leaders and positive change agents of their communities and agencies.”

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