Book Review: Blue Lives Matter: In the Line of Duty
by Tony Medley
With all the hullaballoo about “police brutality,” former 3-time Los
Angeles District Attorney, Steve Cooley and co-writer Robert Schirn have
come along with a compelling book telling the true stories of nine
police (8 humans and one dog) who were murdered in the line of duty.
Told in “Law & Order” style by first outlining the facts and then
telling of the criminal legal actions taken against the killers and
tried in a court of law, this bares the truth about the danger our
police face day in and day out.
Each of the eight chapters deals with one murder of a police officer,
starting, as did the TV show, with each of the victims starting out on
what is for them a normal day before each turns deadly violent, costing
each victim his life.
Told in no nonsense, but fascinating, manner this book is a real
grabber. In fact, when I received it I was in the middle of reading a
library book that I had to read under a deadline to return, so I put
Cooley’s book aside to finish my library book.
One evening shortly thereafter I picked up Cooley’s book to see what it
was like. It was so interesting and real that I didn’t put it down to go
back to my other book until I finished it.
It’s a quick read and it brings home the dangers these police face every
minute of every day. Some of these murders begin with a simple traffic
This is a factual book written by a tough prosecutor that lays bare the
violence faced by the police every day. And it’s a monument to
prosecutors who are dedicated to bringing the guilty to justice,
especially when the victim is a police officer killed in the line of
duty. One of the cases profiled is a “cold case” that took 45 years to
solve. But they never gave up and finally got the murderers.