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A Black Man’s Guide to Law Enforcement in America

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A Black Man's Guide to Law Enforcement in America


W hen a police officer pulls over a male African American driver, the result is usually an arrest. In most cases, the charges have nothing to do with motor vehicle violations, and everything to do with racial profiling, and how the driver conducts himself. A Black Man's Guide to Law Enforcement in America tells you everything you need to know about dealing with racial bias among those bound to serve and protect. You'll learn....

  • how to avoid getting stopped in the first place
  • what to say when questioned, and how to say it
  • what you'll need to prepare for a court case
  • how to handle yourself in court
  • ...and much more
Know the law, and know how to protect yourself. Armed with the information from this guide, you'll have a far better chance of emerging unscathed when "driving while black.".

"He's a cop now, but when he was a teen he was arrested by cops. He's a Black policeman in New Haven, a city plagued by drugs and violence. I'm white, have raised teens in this city, and I love the multi-cultural neighborhood that both Shafiq and I live in. I love Shafiq's book. He knows the story from inside and out. His tips are direct, practical, clear: "do this... don't do that"... "if you have to go to Court, wear this....don't wear that." Parents, when your kid is arrested, "Do this...don't do that." Parents, teens, cops, educators, social workers: get this book. Photos, good writing style, a good sense of context and history, and the author's humor add punch to this book. I read it in one day, and passed it on to my daughter-in-law, an attorney advocate for youths in New York City. I teach stress management. My passion? help each of us reach our full potential while remaining sane and healthy. I'm glad that Shafiq, in his powerful way, is helping our kids and neighborhoods be more peaceful, saner, healthier. I look forward to working more with Shafiq to help his fellow-and-sister police find practical ways to increase their own sanity and peace in their challenging lives. Go, Shafiq!"

~ Millie Grenough

“A Blackman’s Guide to Law Enforcement is long overdue! A powerful, compelling, well-written and very informative guide to how to survive police encounters and successfully navigate a race conscious criminal justice system. Every African American and Latino parent should have one!”

~ Barbara Fair , LCSW, NAACP and ACLU

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