Standoff: Race, Policing, and a Deadly Assault That Gripped a Nation Jamie Thompson

Standoff: Race, Policing, and a Deadly Assault That Gripped a Nation

Author: Jamie Thompson
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Book Title
Standoff: Race, Policing, and a Deadly Assault That Gripped a Nation
Author
Jamie Thompson
ISBN
9781250204219
Standoff is award-winning journalist Jamie Thompson's gripping account of a deadly night in Dallas, told through the eyes of those at the center of the events, who offer a nuanced look at race and policing in America On the evening of July 7, 2016, protesters gathered in cities across the nation after police shot two black men, Philando Castile and Alton Sterling. As officers patrolled a march in Dallas, a young man stepped out of an SUV wearing a bulletproof vest and carrying a high-powered rifle. He killed five officers and wounded eleven others. It fell to a small group of cops to corner the shooter inside a community college, where a fierce gun battle was followed by a stalemate. Crisis negotiator Larry Gordon, a 21-year department veteran, spent hours bonding with the gunman--over childhood ghosts and death and shared experiences of racial injustice in America--while his colleagues devised an unprecedented plan to bring the night to its dramatic end. Thompson's minute-by-minute account includes intimate portrayals of the negotiator, a surgeon who operated on the fallen officers, a mother of four shot down in the street, and the SWAT officers tasked with stopping the gunman. This is a deeply affecting story of real people navigating a terrifying crisis and a city's attempts to heal its divisions.Binding Type: HardcoverAuthor: Jamie ThompsonPublisher: Henry Holt & CompanyPublished: 09/22/2020ISBN: 9781250204219Pages: 320Weight: 1.20lbsSize: 9.40h x 6.20w x 1.20dReview Citations: Library Journal Prepub Alert 02/01/2020 pg. 59

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