While searching the internet for material for my next novel that features law enforcement officer and detectives as the main characters, I discovered this pearl.
Michael W. Quinn, a retired Minneapolis Police Sergeant, whose autobiographical accounts in, “Walking with the Devil: The Police Code of Silence: What Bad Cops Don’t Want You to Know and Good Cops Won’t Tell You”, take a huge risk in revealing his secrets of “The Code of Silence” making his self-published work of nonfiction a must read.
“As Peace Officers we willingly lay our lives on the line for each other and the public we serve. Yet, we walk away or turn our heads when we see another officer doing something that could end their career, their marriage, or their freedom. Because we don t rat on another peace officer. AS OFFICERS we have taken an oath to protect and serve the public and each other. Yet, the number of officers that commit suicide is much greater than the number of officers killed by felons. Some of those suicides are the result of being under investigation for crimes or unethical behavior. Behavior that other cops were aware of and never reported, and did nothing to stop, because we don t rat on other cops. AS DEPUTIES, we have sworn to protect those in our custody. Yet some of us will go to prison every year because of acts that could have, and should have, been stopped by other deputies because we don t rat on other deputies. AS TROOPERS, we have sworn to protect and serve by keeping our highways safe. Yet some of us will die in traffic accidents because we drive too fast for all the wrong reasons and some of us will be stopped, but not arrested, for drunk driving because we don t rat on other troopers. AS SPECIAL AGENTS, we have sworn to uphold the constitution. Yet some of us will go to prison this year because we did nothing when we saw other agents involved in criminal or unethical behavior because we don t rat on other agents. AS GUARDS, we protect each other against men and women convicted of the most heinous crimes. But we will ignore unethical or even criminal conduct of other guards. Because we don t rat on other guards. There is a code of silence in the criminal justice system that infects all levels, and the cost in lives destroyed or lost is enormous. It is not an infection we can cure, but it is an infection we can fight, by making a commitment to protect each other against ourselves as well as others.” Michael W. Quinn
I purchased his book a while back but never had the chance to read it. My husband and I were having to make several trips to our camp to do some renovation and I thought the one hour drive back and forth would be a good opportunity to read the book aloud so that my husband could enjoy it. Once I started, I looked forward to our trips just to get back to this book.
As a new fictional author, I want my books to be as real as possible. “Walking with the Devil” touched on so many areas that I had included in my first few drafts and validated much of what motivated my characters who are both in law enforcement and dealing with an ethical dilemma that will either cost them their jobs or their lives.
I highly recommend Michael Quinn’s book to any writer building characters in law enforcement. Not only is his work educational, it is a real page turner, and his own accounts offer much to the fallibility of every man’s integrity when struggling with ethical decisions in any work environment.
It is pointless for me to reiterate all the great things that have been said in other reviews, but I have to agree with their praise. This book is a must read for everyone, not just writers.
Thank you Michael Quinn for enriching my life.
She is an artist, photographer, actress and well as a writer and it is her creative spirit and passion for all genres that bring her characters to life.
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