The Thin Blue Line
An In-depth look at the Policing Practices of the Los Angeles Police Department
by Matthew B. Gordon
From the back cover:
In the past thirty years, the Los Angeles Police Department has been accused of endless charges of brutality and corruption. From the highly public and polarizing Rodney King beating, to the shocking Rampart Scandal, many have viewed the department as a brutish, yet effective, crime fighting force.
Covering the time from Chief Gates’ tenure until the end of the Rampart Scandal, this piece brings forgotten and startling events from the last thirty years of the L.A.P.D.’s shocking history to life. Using extensive research, this piece investigates the various charges of police corruption as a result of the different policing styles implemented by the department throughout the years, and not the result of a “few bad apples.”
Matthew Gordon was born in Port Huron, Michigan in 1989. Attending the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, Matthew graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History, with honors, in 2011. After college, Matthew worked for the Helen Keller Foundation for Research & Education as a copywriter, where he wrote, designed, and edited the book Helen Keller: From Her Mind to Your Mind. Matthew now lives just outside of Ann Arbor, Michigan with his fiancé, an artist. He works independently, writing for various organizations, and enjoys reading and writing history, as well as photography. View his blog here: http://mattgordonphotography.blogspot.com/