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One Time : The Story of a South Central Los Angeles Police Officer Paperback – December 1, 1997

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"Crash" Oscar award winning Director Paul Haggis: "One Time" was one of the most inspirational books I've ever read. -- Variety Weekend Magazine Jan 12, 2006

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One Time is more than a book. It is my soul. The publishing of this book changed my life in that I was forced to give up my career, friends and a culture that I was a part of for ten years.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 234 pages
  • Publisher: Cool Jack Pub; 1 edition (December 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1890632007
  • ISBN-13: 978-1890632007
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,639,452 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I read the book One Time with great appreciation and admiration for the young officer who worked in the inner city and for minority officers. The book depicts the inner most feelings of what it is like being an officer in Los Angeles. Law enforcement is sometimes frustrating, demamding, stressful and rewarding, which Mr. Bentley sucessfully displayed. The book also gave us a sample of how they are precieved and treated by the commnity and each other. It is unfortunate that this young, eager, and educated man was not allowed to be the kind of officer that he initally wanted to be, and to make a differnce in his commnity. Because of the prejudices, bureaucracy, politics and unethnical behaviors within the department,there will be many officers like Mr. Bentley who will be burned out by the system.
I recommend this book to all potental police officers and their families. A must read book!
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By Ace41K on April 17, 2014
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This book is the truth. Still going on in 2014 it represents the future! There were some grammer mistakes, but does not change the fact that this book is the truth. This is what African Americans experience at every job. This book was so close to heart, I had to look at the author on the cover to make sure it wasn't me who wrote this book. We are twins from 2 different time zones experiencing the same exact thing. People giving this book 1 star obviously are uncle toms or not African Americn
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An interesting look inside the LAPD from a black man's perspective. It's not a pretty picture. While this is obviously a self-published book by someone new to writing, it was compelling enough to overlook the flaws such books have. A young man from the hood, who grew up with gangs as part of his life, gets a Bachelor's Degree and becomes a patrol officer in the LAPD. When he ends up back in his old hood, he encounters unexpected anger from the residents who call him Uncle Tom and say he's become one of 'them'. His treatment by his fellow officers isn't much better. He sees unimaginable horrors and sorrows and struggles to cope on streets he no longer knows or feels welcome on. The title comes from the slang term locals call cops. I've heard various explanations for the origin of the term, one being a reference to the frequency of drive arounds patrolling officer make in their car area. The author has a different explanation.

I recommend it to anyone who wants a look at the LAPD that you won't get from Joseph Wambaugh or Michael Connelly.
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I very much enjoyed reading this book. It was very easy reading and went very quickly. While the author had some very interesting stories to tell, however, I think the publisher did him wrong for publishing it as is. There are a lot of editing mistakes and typos within the context that at times can make it somewhat difficult to follow. However, despite these mistakes, I highly recommend the book to anyone who is interested in law enforcement, especially in L.A. I'm sure it would be an eye opener. I never realized how violent a city L.A. could be.
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Really enjoyed this book! I always knew cops in general had a tough job. Just being a member of the LAPD has to be tough enough but during this tumultuous time it had to be even more unreal. The author covers the psychological toll being on the job has taken on him and the different racial divisions within LA. The mental aspect of the job and the extreme violence really beat the author down, it's sad to say but with the few stories expressed I could see how officers feel hopeless policing some of these parts of the city. It's very sick how he was treated by other black people simply for being an officer and looking to do the right thing and uphold the law and protect innocent civilians. As I constantly read this throughout his book it made me think how that's even worse today. I think about these rough neighborhoods with high violence and crime and the complete disdain they have for police offers and how uncooperative they are when asking for witnesses to speak up. I also found it to be a good point how the author actually thanked his father for caring enough to discipline him and by doing so it got him on the right track. Where unfortunately his cousin Ray graduated from petty crimes to real crimes. Ultimately the book covers issues within being a police officer in a tough big city and the black culture in dealing with law enforcement. Now if only we could get someone involved to write about Crash!
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A revealing first person perspective inside the LA police department. It is a side of being a police officer that we generally don't see, but reading it makes the police brutality events that we see on the news more understandable.
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By A Customer on October 20, 1998
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Interesting book with real life drama and tells sories most cops are brainwashed not to tell! The author deserves respect from the black community and beyond for his style and heart to challenge the LAPD and the gangs from the mean streets of West and South Central Los Angeles.
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Having grown up in S/C LA and also a retired Police Officer, this book give you the real world experience. This book will take you from one extreme to the other. You will laugh, cry and be very afraid. Because it is all so very true. Somebody needs to make this into a movie, Quick. Oprah needs to read this book
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