Norm Stamper




Author of To Protect and Serve:
How to Fix America’s Police

Norm Stamper, former chief of the Seattle Police force, has written a story like no other. Part memoir, part polemic, Stamper exposes the unvarnished truth — both disturbing and inspiring — about policing in America today.

Opening with a powerful letter to former Tacoma police chief David Brame, who shot his estranged wife before turning the gun on himself, Stamper introduces us to the violent, secret world of domestic abuse that cops must not only navigate, but which some also perpetrate. Stamper goes on to expose a troubling culture of racism, sexism, and homophobia that is still pervasive within the 21st century force, exploring how such prejudices can be addressed. He reveals the dangers and temptations that cops on the street face, describing in gripping detail their split second life-and-death decisions.

2005 Events

December 14, 8:30 AM – Portland, OR, “The Thom Hartmann Show,” KPOJ

December 11, 7:00 PM – North Carolina, “The Allen Handelman Show,” WZTK

December 7, 4:00 PM – Seattle, “The John Carlson Show,” KVI

December 7, 10:00 AM – “The Afternoon News” Talk Show with Tom Young


November 30, 7:00 PM – Seattle, “The New York Vinnie Show,” KIRO

November 30, 1:00 PM – Seattle, “The Conversation” with Ross Reynolds, KUOW

November 23, 8:00 PM – Los Angeles, “The Don Bustany Show,” KPFK

November 23, 11:30 AM – Los Angeles, “The Blaise Bonpane Show,” KPFK

November 16, 2:00 PM – 4:45 PM, Western Washington University, blended sociology classes

November 16, Noon – Bellingham, WA, The City Club, Speech, “Toward More Reasoned and Responsive Law Enforcement”

November 15, 5:30 PM – Bellingham, WA, Village Books, Reading/Signing

November 11, 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM — International Drug Policy Reform Conference, Panel “Law Enforcement for Reform”

November 10, 7:00 PM — 2000+Books Reading, Location TBA

November 9-12 — Westin Hotel, Long Beach, CA, International Drug Policy Reform Conference

November 8, Evening — San Diego State University, Faculty Reception

November 8, 11:00 AM — San Diego State University, Criminal Justice classes

November 8, 11:00 AM — San Diego State University, Graduate Seminar

November 7, 7:00 PM — San Diego State University, CJ Survey Course

November 4, 8:00 AM — Youngstown, Ohio, Louie Free Show, WASN Radio

November 3, 8:00 AM — St. Paul, Ron Rosenbaum and Mark O’Connell Show, KSTP Radio

November 2, 8:00 PM — Los Angeles, Don Bustany Show, KPFK Radio


October 28, 11:00 AM — CNN’s “In the Money” with Jack Cafferty

October 27, 11:45 AM – 1:00 PM Boston, Suffolk Law School — “Policing in America and the War on Drugs”

October 25, 7:00 PM Brown University, Students for Sensible Drug Policy

October 24, 11:00 PM — “The Situation,” Tucker Carlson

October 24, 8:45 PM — “The O’Reilly Factor”

October 20, 7:00 PM “Al Rantel Show,” KABC Los Angeles, with Al Rantel

October 19, 11:00 AM “Night Call,” WRIF Detroit, with Peter Werbe

October 18 — Interview with Gary Mason, Globe and Mail of Vancouver B.C.

October 18, 1:00PM “Money 101,” KNX Los Angeles, with Bob McCormick

October 10, 2:00 pm Palm Beach, FL, WBZT Radio — “The Joe Falco Show”

October 9, 10:00 AM Temple Beth Am Seattle, Panel: “The Drug War: An Alternative Approach”

October 7, 8pm Seattle, Social Justice Television — “The War on Drugs”


August 21, 8:00 AM, KISS Radio New York, “Open Line”

August 28, 8:00 AM and 5 PM — C-SPAN’s BookTV

August 27, 3:00 PM — CNN News


July 29, 6:00 PM, KMJK Radio Kansas City, “Monica Nightingale’s Community Affairs”

July 21, 7:00 PM, SCAN TV Seattle, “Public Exposure”

July 19, 6:00 AM Louisiana, Portia Evans Show

July 18, 10:00 AM, DRCNet Vancouver, B.C., “Drug War Chronicle”

July 11, 4:30 PM, SCAN TV Seattle, ACLU’s “Speaking of Freedom”

July 1, 10:15 AM, WBAI Radio New York, “Radio Nation”


June 30, 10:00 AM, Helen Schiller Netherlands, “Volkstrant” News

June 28, 7:00 AM, Sirius Satellite Radio New York, “Alex Bennett Program”

June 24, 5:00 PM, KPFT Radio Houston, “Cultural Baggage”

June 24, 9:00 AM, KATU TV Portland, OR, “AM Northwest”

June 24, 7:30 PM Portland, OR, Reading/signing at Powell’s Books, 1005 W. Burnside

June 23, 7:40 AM, WNYC Radio New York, “The Brian Lehrer Show”

June 22, 7:00 PM Los Angeles, L.A. Urban Public Policy Forum, Speech

June 22, 1:30 PM —  PBS TV, “The Tavis Smiley Show”

June 22, 10:00 AM, KPFK Radio North Hollywood, “Uprising”

June 21, 11:00 AM, KGTV TV  San Diego, “10 News Live at Eleven”

June 21, 10:00 AM, KUSI TV San Diego, “KUSI Morning Show”

June 21, 7:30, San Diego, CA – Reading/signing at Barnes&Noble, 10775 Westview Parkway

June 21, 7:00 AM, KUSI TV San Diego, “KUSI Morning News”

June 21, 5:30 AM, NBC TV San Diego “7/39 News in the Morning”

June 20, 9:00 AM, KPBS Radio San Diego, “These Days”

June 20, 7:00 AM, XETV TV San Diego, “Fox6”

June 18, 5:00 PM, Fox News TV New York, “Fox News/From the Heartland”

June 18, 2:00 PM Pasadena, CA, Reading/signing at Borders Books and Music, 475 S. Lake Avenue

June 17, 1:45 PM San Diego, Reader Interview

June 17, Noon San Diego, CA, Speech to the City Club of San Diego, Holiday Inn on Harbor Drive (books available)

June 17, 11:30 AM, KMTT Radio Seattle, “Mountain Morning Radio”

June 16, 7:00 PM, Long Beach, CA – Reading/signing at 2000+Books, 309 Pine Avenue

June 16, 8:00 AM: KVON Radio, Napa, “KVON’s Morning Edition”

June 15, 11:30 AM: KCNS TV, San Francisco, “Bay Area Week”

June 15, 10:00 AM: KALW Radio, San Francisco, “Your Call With Laura Flanders” (Matt Martin)

June 15, 8:00 AM: KLSD Radio, San Diego, “The Stacey Taylor Show”

June 15, 7:30 PM, Berkeley, CA – Reading/signing at Cody’s Bookstore, 2454 Telegraph Avenue

June 14, 3:30 PM: KGO Radio, San Francisco, “The Pete Wilson Show”

June 14, 2:00 PM: KOGO Radio, San Diego, “KOGO News Radio 600”

June 14, 7:30 AM: KPFA Radio, Berkeley, “Morning Show with Philip Maldari and Andrea Lewis”

June 13, 9:00 AM, Seattle: KZOK Radio

June 13, 7:30 PM, San Francisco, CA – Reading/signing at Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia Street

June 11, 7:00 PM, Olympia, WA – Reading/signing at Orca Books, 509 East 4th Avenue

June 10, 5:00 PM: Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Hector Castro Interview

June 10, 4:00 PM: Metro Networks Radio, Seattle, “Westwood One Radio”

June 10, 3:00 PM: Evergreen Radio, Seattle, “Washington Talking Books & Braille Library”

June 9, 7:30 PM, Seattle, WA – Reading/signing at Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Avenue (sponsored by Elliott Bay Book Company)

June 9, 4:00 PM: KOMO TV, Seattle, “First News at 4”

June 9, 9:00 AM: KMPS Radio, Seattle, “Introspect Northwest”

June 9, 7:00 AM: The Buzz KQBZ Radio, Seattle, “The Robin and Maynard Show”

June 8, 5:40 PM: San Diego City Beat Interview

June 8, 5:15 PM: Northwest Cable News, Seattle, “NW Newsmakers”

June 8, 5:00 PM: KING TV, Seattle, “KING 5 News at Five”

June 8, 4:00 PM: KCPQ TV, Seattle, “Fox Q13 News”

June 8, 12:00 PM: KING TV, Seattle, “KING 5 Noon News”

June 8, 11:00 AM: KOMO TV, Seattle, “KOMO 4 News at Eleven”

June 8, 9:00 AM: KUOW Radio, Seattle, “Weekday with Steve Scher”

June 8, 7:00 AM: KZIZ Radio, Seattle, “Community Potpourri with Barbara Laners”

June 7, 12:30 PM: Seattle, KPLU Radio

June 7, 11:00 AM: Seattle, 12:00 PM: KEXP Radio

June 6, 6:00 PM, Orcas Island, WA – Reading/signing (books available from Darvill’s Bookstore) at the Inn at Ship Bay, 326 Olga Road, Eastsound

June 2, 3:30 PM: KIRO Radio, “The Dave Ross Show”

June 2, 7:00 AM: WARM Radio York, PA, News Interview

June 1, 7:00 AM: KGO Radio San Francisco, News Interview


May 27, 10:00 AM – “Real Change,” Seattle, Newspaper Interview with Cydney Gillis

May 2, 11:00 AM – The Seattle Weekly, Nina Shapiro Interview

To contact the author:

Jaime Leifer
VP, Associate Publisher and Director of Publicity
Public Affairs Books
jaime.leifer@hbgusa.com

For Media Requests:

Darby Beck
darby.beck@lawenforcementaction.org