Into the Kill Zone: A Cop’s Eye View of Deadly Force: This is a new book in the library that would be great for our criminal justice faculty members.
“What it’s like to have the legal sanction to shoot and kill A former police officer-who shot and killed a suspect in his rookie year-presents firsthand accounts of the role deadly force plays in the day-to-day lives of cops. This compelling and often startling book is filled with real-life stories from police officers who have killed in the line of duty. Readers will meet the female cop who is overcome with remorse after killing a man holding a toy gun; the SWAT team member who has only one shot at a killer holding a mother and two kids hostage; the officer who shoots a man who looked “just like my father” during a divorce court hearing after the suspect shot his estranged wife, the bailiff, and both attorneys. This brilliantly written book tells how men and women are trained, how they live with this awesome responsibility, the times they didn’t pull the trigger, hair-raising accounts of what it was like when they did, and what’s happened to them since. From crisis intervention to posttraumatic stress-this book tells the compelling story of legal street execution. David Klinger (St. Louis, MO) is a former police officer who teaches criminology and sociology at the University of Missouri, St. Louis. He has appeared on the Today show, Chris Matthew’s Hard Ball, Geraldo Rivera, and the History Channel.” –book description