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Wed, Oct 11

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MPS

Ep 024: "Discussing An Inconvenient Cop"

A Conversation with Lt. Edwin Raymond

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 Ep 024: "Discussing An Inconvenient Cop"
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Oct 11, 2023, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM EDT

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An Inconvenient Cop: My Fight To Change Policing In America covers the story of the highest-ranking whistleblower in NYPD history and provides a gripping insider look at the complexities of modern policing and the urgent need for reform

“In this searing memoir, 14-year NYPD veteran Raymond argues that New York City is ‘the red-hot center of the problem’ of racially motivated police brutality . . . Combining personal anecdotes and painstaking research, Raymond passionately advocates for wholesale police reform, arguing with convincing clarity that ‘when you toss out bad apples, you’re not changing a damn thing.’ This is a gutting and essential take on a hot-button issue.” Publishers Weekly, starred review

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About Lt. Edwin Raymond

A lieutenant serving Brooklyn’s Bedford Stuyvesant neighborhood, Edwin Raymond is the whistleblower and lead plaintiff in an ongoing, federal, class-action lawsuit that charges the NYPD with corrupt and discriminatory practices. Edwin provided damning evidence of the NYPD’s practice of Quota Policing, which targets minority communities, and “uses black bodies to generate revenue.” The audio recording of his own performance evaluation revealed the department’s continued violation of a 2010 labor law that prohibits the NYPD from 1) issuing quotas for evaluating officer performance and 2) penalizing officers who fail to meet quotas.  A committed community activist, Edwin co-founded Preparing Leaders of Tomorrow, an organization that serves vulnerable youth. He also advocates for Raise the Age, an initiative that reformed the practice of automatically charging teenagers as adults -- even for minor offenses. He is the subject of the 2018 Emmy Award-winning documentary Crime + Punishment. The film offers a peek behind the “Blue Wall of Silence,” revealing that the quota directive is issued from the top, “and when I say ‘the top’,” said Edwin, “I mean the very top: commissioners, deputy commissioners, and even the mayor’s office.” 

Most recently, Lt Raymond's book, An Inconvenient Cop: My Fight To Change Policing In America, will be released on October 17, 2023. 

Edwin Book event, Inconvenient Conversations: Book Launch Experience, will take place on Saturday, October 14, 2023, at 7 PM EST. Doors open at 6 PM. Purchase your tickets now

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