Breaking Rank





Norm Stamper

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.

2010 Events

November 30 – Seattle Telephone interview with Rebecca Lane, Center for Ethical Leadership

November 29 – North Carolina Telephone interview with Allan Handelman, The Allan Handelman Show, KZTK

November 10 – La Crosse, Wisconsin Internet presentation to University of Wisconsin criminal justice class, Matt Vogel, M.A.

October 21 – November 7 (three weekends) – Seattle Brilliant Traces, Play by Cindy Lou Johnson, Richard Hugo House

November 3 – Oakland, CA Telephonic news conference, Proposition 19 Coalition

November 1 – Oakland, CA Telephonic Town Hall Meeting, California

November 1 – Los Angeles Telephone interview with Jesse Lee Peterson, The Jesse Lee Peterson Show

October 31 – New York Television interview with Dylan Ratigan, MSNBC

October 29 – California Statewide “robocall” in support of Proposition 19, California Households

October 26 – Oakland, CA Telephonic news conference, Law Enforcement in support of Proposition 19, representing LEAP

October 26 – Seattle Telephone interview with Brandan Kiley, The Stranger

October 21 – Seattle Interview with Kim Holcomb, King 5 TV, Evening Magazine

October 20 – Seattle Telephone interview with Marina Rockinger, KOMO Radio

October 20 – Seattle Presentation to Professor Ed Reed’s criminal justice class, Seattle University

October 14-16 – Orcas Island “Brilliant Traces,” Play by Cindy Lou Johnson, Orcas Grange

October 13 – Palm Springs Telephone interview with “The Lee Rayburn Show,” KNews FM

October 9 – Los Angeles Telephone interview with Richard Karr, “The Marijualogist Show,” latalklive.com

October 8 – Seattle Telephone interview with Ken Schram, KOMO Radio

September 29 – Glendale, CA Telephone interview with “Fernando Espuelas Show,” KTNQ Radio

September 9 – Washington, D. C. Telephone interview with Chris Hayes, Washington, D. C. Editor of The Nation

August 4 – Seattle Telephone interview with Ryan Harris, KOMO Radio

August 4 – Seattle Telephone interview with the “Ron and Don Show,” KIRO FM

August 4 – Seattle Telephone interview with Dori Monson, KIRO FM

August 3 – New York National news conference on marijuana legalization campaign, “Just Say Now,” Students for Sensible Drug Policy and Firedoglake.com

August 2 – New York National telephone news conference on legalization of marijuana, GOTV

July 23 – Seattle Interview for documentary on police handling of mentally ill persons with filmmaker Dan Filbin

July 8 – Washington, DC Telephone interview with Phil Smith, Drug War Chronicle

July 7 – Bellingham, Washington Radio interview with Joe Teehan, KGMI FM

June 23 – Orcas Island, Ferry Landing Interview with Robert Shaffer, Fox News TV

June 3 – Sydney, Australia Telephone interview with James Adonis, Fairfax Media

May 24 – Bellevue, Washington Radio interview with Karl Baker, KBCS FM

May 19 – Los Angeles Radio interview with KPFK, “Connect the Dots”

May 19 – Santa Cruz, California Radio interview with Brad Kava, KSCO

May 19 – Santa Maria Radio interview with Andy Caldwell Show, KUHL -AM

May 13 – San Diego Telephone interview with Keegan Kyle, Voice of San Diego

May 10 – Seattle Telephone interview with Elliot Donohue

May 7 – New York Telephone interview with journalist and author Greg Campbell

May 4 – Sydney, Australia Internet interview with Andrew Potts, DNA Magazine

April 23-24 – University of Washington, Seattle Panel presentations to “War & Global Health Conference”

April 20 – Central Washington University, Ellensburg Speech:  ”Ending the Drug War, One Initiative at a Time”

April 20 – Houston Radio interview with Dean Becker, “A Century of Lies,” KPFT – FM

April 19 – Seattle Participation in one-day internet “Questionland,” The Stranger

April 13 – St. Louis, MO Radio Interview with McGraw Milhaven Show, KTRS – AM

March 26 – New York Telephone interview with Andrew Purcell for Herald Scotland

March 16 – Phoenix, AZ Radio Interview with Jeff Farias

March 15 – Osage Beach, MO Radio Interview with KRMS 1150-AM

March 12 – Orcas Island Reading, Dana Hufford Book Club

March 5 – San Diego Telephone Interview with Frank Green, Counterpunch

February 23 – California Telephone Interview with Paul Weinberg, Digital Communities

February 22 – Montreal Telephone Interview with Chad Nance, Political Editor, Skunk Magazine

February 19 – Washington, D.C. Presentation to, participation in “Justice in America” Conference

February 1 – Doe Bay, Orcas Island Reading, Artsmith Salon

January 27 – Kansas City, MO. Radio Interview with “Vibes With Val,” 90.1 FM Kansas City, MO

January 15 – Seattle Telephone Interview with Cydney Gillis, Real Change

January 14Seattle Town Hall, Elliott Bay Books, Introduction of Gabor Maté

January 14 – Seattle Interview with Penny LeGate, CTV, The Seattle Channel

January 13 – Seattle Telephone Interview with Bob Rivers, CBS Radio

January 13 – Seattle Interview with Bob Restione, KIRO Radio

January 10 – Friday Harbor, WA Presentation to Soroptimist of Friday Harbor, San Juan County Library, and Amnesty International, “Human Trafficking”

January 6 – Sammamish, WA Interview with Kellie Standish, Eastside Catholic High School

To contact the author:

Jaime Leifer
Publicity Director, Nation Books
212.340.8161 / jaime.leifer@perseusbooks.com

For Media Requests:

Darby Beck
darby.beck@leap.cc