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.

2014 Events

December 29 – Vancouver, B.C. – Telephone interview with Stephen Quinn, CBC Radio

December 13 – Calgary – Telephone interview with Ben Morris, Digital Journal

December 11 – Seattle – Telephone interview with Kayla Schultz, YES! Magazine

December 10 – Atlanta – Telephone interview with Patrik Jonsson, Christian Science Monitor

December 5 – Washington, D.C. – Telephone interview with Lindsay Wise, The McClatchy Company

December 5 – Philadelphia – Telephone interview with Josh Eidelson, Bloomberg Businessweek

December 5 – Toronto – FaceTime interview with Jennifer Burke, CTV-Toronto

December 4 – New York City – Skype interview with Lawrence O’Donnell, The Last Word, MSNBC

December 4 – New York City – Skype interview with Joy Reid, The Reid Report, MSNBC

December 4 – New York City – Radio interview with Alan Colmes, The Alan Colmes Show, Radio Fox News

December 2 – Seattle – Speech + reaction to film, “This is What Democracy Looks Like,” University of Washington

December 2 – Seattle – Interview with Lornet Turnbull, Author

December 1 – New York City – In Seattle studio interview with Chris Hayes, All In, MSNBC

December 1 – Albuquerque – Telephone interview with Peter Katel, Congressional Quarterly

November 25 – Toronto – FaceTime interview with Ricki Gurwitz, CTV – Toronto

November 25 – London – Skype interview with Pete Saull, BBC of London

November 25 – San Francisco – Telephone interview with Zusha Elinson, Wall Street Journal

November 24 – Seattle – Telephone interview with Kate Chambers, KOMO Radio

November 22 – Orcas Island, WA – Inperson interview with VICE News Crew

November 18 – Harper’s Ferry, WV – Telephone interview with John Case, WHSC Radio

November 15 – Seattle – Presentation to Students For Liberty, Northwest Regional Conference, University of Washington

November 8 – Orcas Island, WA – Interviewing Ben Nuñez, TEDxOrcas Island

November 6 – New York City – Skype interview with Ari Melber, MSNBC

November 6 – Juneau – Telephone interview with Steve Quinn, Reuters

November 6 – Charlotte, NC – Telephone interview with Allan Handelman, WZTK Radio

November 5 – Albuquerque – Telephone interview with Peter Katel, Congressional Quarterly

November 4 – Charlotte, NC – Telephone interview with Allan Handleman, WZTK Radio (Syndicated)

October 30 – Juneau – Meet and greet, Hangar on the Wharf Pub

October 30 – Juneau – Door to door canvass in support of Measure 2, Downtown

October 30 – Juneau – Interview with Lisa Phu, Radio KTOO

October 30 – Juneau – Interview with Emily Miller, Juneau Empire

October 30 – Juneau – Interview with Lynn Campbell, Radio Action Line

October 29 – Fairbanks – Interview with CBS News 13

October 29 – Fairbanks – Interview with Fox News Channel 11

October 29 – Fairbanks – Interview with KUAC Radio

October 29 – Fairbanks – Interview with Matt Buxton, News Miner

October 28 -Anchorage – Door-to-door canvass in support of Measure 2, Downtown

October 28 – Anchorage – Interview with Bert Rudman, KTVA TV

October 28 – Anchorage – Interview with “Morning Chaos,” KFAT Radio

October 28 – Anchorage – Interview with Bob and Mark, KWH Radio

October 27 – Anchorage – Interview with Tom Anderson, KVNT FM

October 27 – Anchorage – Interview with Michael Dukes, KBYR Radio

October 26 – Anchorage – Interview with Caslon Hatch, KTTU Television

October 25 – Anchorage – Interview with Bert Rudman, KTVA TV News Director

October 26-30 – Alaska – Speaking tour, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition

October 21 – Albuquerque, Telephone interview with Peter Katel, Congressional Quarterly,  “Researcher”

October 13 – Brooklyn – Telephone interview with Caroline Cannon and Nick Carew, VICEonHBO

October 8 – Anchorage – Telephone interview with Suzanna Caldwell, Alaska Dispatch News

September 26 – Salt Lake City – Telephone interview with David Maxfield, author of Influencer: The New Science of Leading Change

September 25 – Washington, D.C. – Media teleconference, moderated by Shayna Samuels, Drug Policy Alliance

September 23 – Los Angeles – Telephone interview with Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times

September 22 – New York City – Telephone interview with Caroline Cannon, VICE/HBO

September 17 – San Juan Island, WA – Telephone interview with Amy Herdy, The Invisible War

September 9 – New York City – Telephone interview with Chris Francescani, Contently.org, The Contently Foundation

September 6 – Seattle – Telephone interview with Mark Rahner, KIRO Radio

September 4 – Seattle – In-studio interview with Joy-Ann Reid, The Reid Report, MSNBC

September 2 – New York City – In person appearance, The Colbert Report, Comedy Central

August 30 – Round Mountain, CA – Telephone interview with Doug Bennett, KKRN Radio

August 29 – New York City – Telephone interview with Emily Lazar and Monica Hickey, The Colbert Report

August 29 – Washington, D.C. – Telephone interview with Carl Nelson, The Carl Nelson Show, WOL Radio

August 28 – New York City – Telephone interview with Alan Colmes, The Alan Combs Show, Fox News Radio

August 28 – Seattle – Skype interview with Gus Lawrence, Why Racism? Talk Black Radio Network

August 28 – Albuquerque – Telephone interview with Kathleen Sabo, KUNM (NPR) 

August 27 – Orcas Island – In person interview with Amontaine Aurore, Playwright, Actor

August 26 – Washington, D.C. Telephone interview with Jennifer White, Senator Tom Coburn‘s Office

August 25 – New York City – Telephone interview with Julia Calderone, Scientific American

August 25 – Washington, D.C. – Telephone conference call with Cathy Yu, Senator Claire McCaskill, et al, U.S. Senate and House

August 23 – New York City – Skype interview with Mike Huckabee, Fox News

August 22 – London – Skype interview with David Eades, BCC

August 22 – New York City – Blog posts for Greg Howard, Deadspin

August 21 – London – Telephone interview with Sky News

August 21 – Amsterdam – Telephone interview with Maartje Somers, NRC Handelsblad

August 21 – Lisbon – Telephone interview with Catia Bruno, Espresso News, Portugal

August 21 – Los Angeles – Telephone interview with Ian Masters, NPR

August 21 -New York City – Telephone interview with Lauren  Hans, Fox News

August 21 – Qatar – Skype interview with Al Jazeera

August 21 – Los Angeles – Telephone interview with Ian Masters, NPR

August 20 – Vancouver, B.C. – Telephone interview with Elaine Chau, CBC

August 20 – New York City – FaceTime interview with Yalda Sadiq, Inside Edition

August 20 – New York City – Telephone interview with Lauren Hans, Huckabee, Fox News Channel

August 20 – Toronto – Skype interview with Kim Taylor-Galway, CBC

August 20 – Berkeley – Telephone interview with Mitch Jeserich, KPFA

August 20 – New York City – Telephone interview with Lauren Hans, “Huckabee,” Fox News 

August 20 – New York City – Skype interview with Randi Kaye and Anne Clifford, CNN

August 19 – NYC/Los Angeles – Telephone interview with Marc Lieberman and Michael Kaplan, 60 Minutes

August 19 – NYC – Telephone interview with Marc Santora, New York Times

August 19 – Santa Monica – Telephone interview with Warren Olney, “To the Point,” Public Radio International

August 19 – Santa Monica – Telephone interview with Katie Cooper, PRI

August 19 – Atlanta – Telephone interview with Lori Daniel, CNN

August 19 – Washington, D.C. – Telephone interview with Brian Drew, WTOP

August 19 – New York City – Skype interview with Jason Stine, Al Jazeera

August 19 – New York City – Skype interview with Randi Kaye, CNN

August 19 – Ferguson, MO – Skype interview with Anderson Cooper, CNN

August 19 – Canada – Telephone interview with Chris Harbord, CBC

August 19 – Ottawa – Telephone interview with Mark Gollom, CBC

August 18 – Washington, D.C. – Telephone interview with Wei Hu, Voice of America

August 18 – Los Angeles – Telephone interview with Leighton Woodhouse, VICE LA

August 17 – Lansing, Michigan – Telephone interview with Chris Christoff, Bloomberg News

August 18 – London – Skype interview with Nigel Henry Doran, BBC

August 16 – Philadelphia – Seattle studio interview with Michael Smerconish, CNN

August 16 – Atlanta – Skype interview with Corinna Lamb, CNN

August 15 – Denver – Telephone interview with Bill Briggs, NBC

August 15 – San Francisco – Telephone interview with Jaxon Van Derbeken, San Francisco Chronicle

August 15 – Seattle – Telephone interview with Maria La Ganga, Bureau Chief of Los Angeles Times

August 15 – New York City – Telephone interview with Corrina Lamb, CNN

August 14 – Seattle – Telephone interview with Mike Carter, Seattle Times

August 14 – Seattle – Telephone interview with Rick Van Cise, KOMO Radio

August 13 – Washington, D.C. – Telephone interview with Amanda Taub, Vox.com

August 4 – NYC – Telephone interview with Michael Spies, Vocativ! for MSNBC

August 3 – Orcas Island, WA – Keynote address to annual fundraiser, Funhouse Commons

July 29 – Washington, D.C. – Congressional panel presentation on police militarization, Friends Committee on National Legislation and ACLU

July 7 – Washington, D.C. – Telephone interview with Roberto Ferdman, Washington Post

July 7 – Seattle – Telephone interview with James Rynasiewkz, KIRO Radio

June 28 – NYC – Interview with Craig Melvin, MSNBC Live (from Seattle studio), MSNBC TV

June 24 – Seattle – Interview with Alexandra Gutierrez , Alaska Public Radio

June 23 – Los Angeles – Telephone interview with Maya Srikrishnan, Los Angeles Times

May 21 – Raleigh-Durham – Telephone interview with producer Nate Witmer, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

May 19 – Seattle – Telephone interview with Brian Calvert, KOMO News Radio

May 14 – NYC – Telephone interview with producer Asaf Kastner, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart 

May 8 – NYC Telephone interview with John Hockenberry, “The Takeaway,” WNYC Public Radio

May 7 – NYC – Telephone interview with Alexandria Ferguson, WNYC Public Radio

May 6 – Minneapolis – Telephone interview with Katie Rucke, MintPress News

April 16 – Seattle – Telephone interview with Charlie Harger,KOMO News Radio

March 27 – Montreal – Telephone interview with Jonathan Stewart, Playboy Magazine

March 24 – Friday Harbor – Serve as facilitator for Development Committee of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services of San Juan Islands

February 26 – Seattle – Interview with Caitlin Jennings and Eli Sobylak, Evergreen State College

February 24 – Washington, D.C. – Telephone interview with Marc Fisher, Washington Post

February 19 – Washington, D.C. – Telephone interview with Elizabeth Beavers and Michael Shank, “Police militarization,” Friends Committee on National Legislation

February 13-16 – Pasadena  Conference panel, “James Q. Wilson on Human Nature, Liberty, and Choice,” Liberty Fund

February 10 – Saint Paul  Telephone interview with Mike Mosedale, Politics in Minnesota

January 22 – Arlington, VA  Telephone interview with Nick Sibilla, Institute of Justice

January 16 – Seattle  Telephone interview with Ross Reynolds of “The Record,” KUOW Public Radio

January 16 – San Juan Island, WA  Telephone interview with Steve Wehrly, The Journal of the San Juan Islands

January 6 – Seattle  Film interview with Ben Statler, Donnie Eichar for film, Soaked in Bleach

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