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.

2007 Events

December 13, 5:00 PM — Orcas Island. Amnesty International, “Norm Stamper Speaks on the Death Penalty.”

December 5 through 8 — New Orleans. Drug Policy Alliance International Conference.


November 11 – Eastsound, WA. Orcas Center, Annual Speaker and Conversation Series (“Crossroads”). Topic: The Case for Ending the Drug War


October 30, 10:00 AM — Chicago Public Radio, “Chicago Police Department Policies and Practices”

October 25 — Seattle. King County Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Keynote

October 7 — Seattle. Intiman Theatre, “Open Dialogue: Empathy”

October 6, 1:55-2:45 PM — Seattle. Seattle University, “Men Speaking Out on Violence Against Women,” Seattle Women’s Commission

October 4 — Los Angeles. “Walk to Stop Executions,” sponsored by Death Penalty Focus

October 4 — Los Angeles. Interview with Tidings, Official Newspaper of the Los Angeles Diocese

October 2, 7:30 AM — Bellevue, WA. Eastside Domestic Violence Program, “Safe Passage Breakfast” Keynote


September 27, 1:15 PM — Seattle. Interview with Kevin Henry, KKNW 1150 AM.

September 5, 3:00 PM — Seattle. Seattle Metropolitan Magazine, photo shoot for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition


July 27, 10:15 AM — WMET, Washington, D.C.. Interview with Tom deSaba of the Tom deSaba Show

July 18, 3:00 PM — Interview with Stephanie Faucher, Death Penalty Focus

July 10 — PBS Interview for documentary. “The Spirit of Seattle,” Christopher Timm, director


June 29 — Eastsound, WA. Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services of the San Juan Islands

June 16 — Seattle. ACLU Biennial Conference, with Rick Steves and Angela Davis, University of Washington, Kane Hall

June 15 — Mukilteo, WA. South Everett, Mukilteo Rotary, Everett Golf and Country Club

June 5 — 1:00 – 2:00 PM, interview on KKNW 1150 AM


May 17, 6:30 PM — Seattle. Rainier Valley Cultural Center, 3515 South Alaska, Defenders Association/Racial Disparity Project and 25 other agencies, “The Time is Now–to End the War on Drugs”

May 16, 6:00 PM — KBCS, 91.3 FM “Voices of Diversity” interview with Logic Amen.

May 14, 7:30 PM — Los Angeles. Marijuana Policy Project Party at the Playboy Mansion, Los Angeles


April 20-21 — Chicago. University of Chicago, School of Law


February 13, 6:00 PM — Seattle. “The War on Drugs” with King County Supervisor Larry Gossett and Rachel Kurtz of King County Bar Association, University of Washington, Hub Auditorium

February 13, 4:05 PM — Seattle. KIRO Radio, in studio

February 12, 10:30 AM — Seattle. “Drugs and Society” class at University of Washington, Gower Hall, Rm. 301

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