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January 20, 2015

HISTORY OF STREET COPS by Gregory W. Zito







5 STARS


HISTORY OF STREET COPS
GANGS GUNS AND CABRINI
GREEN HOUSING SNIPERS
by
Greg W. Zito, Badge 13031
Chicago Police Department
Sept. 11,1967-May 2002





INTRODUCTION
(FROM AMAZON)
Chicago Cabrini Green Housing snipers History of Street Cops Gangs, drugs, guns in the city of Chicago. And real snipers. Cabrini Green Housing had snipers firing on the police, residents, firemen, anyone in the area of Cabrini Green Housing, every day. In 1970, Sergeant James Severin and Officer Anthony Rizzato were murdered by snipers at Cabrini Green Housing Units. Their killers are serving 199 years in prison. Eight years later, my partners and I worked Cabrini Green Housing area arresting gang members and in four years confiscated over 660 various types of weapons. We also arrested five snipers at different times and locations, firing at residents, the police, and firemen. My partners and I survived through the years as Chicago police officers.

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AUTHOR
I always wanted to be a police officer, to help people and to prevent criminals from injuring people. I started my police career as a teenager when I joined the U.S. Army as a Military Police Officer. My duty was town patrol. Then when I returned home to Chicago, I was hired as a Chicago Transit Authority Police Officer, then as a Chicago Police Officer. 

REVIEW
This book is very interesting.  The author takes you on the many calls for assistance in the Police Department in Chicago.  These are actual street copy who go up against violence every day they are on duty.  They go up against narcotics, drug dealers and recovering weapons.   They go up against gangs on a daily basis.  Every time they go out on the street, they are putting their lives on the line.  They know and their families know that there may come a day when they don't go home after their shift.  The author faced two of the largest Gangs in the City of Chicago, The Stone (from Englewood South side of Chicago.  The Gangster Disciples (also south side of Chicago).   What was their problem?   Fighting for turf and Gang initiation into their membership.   The book goes about the everyday routine of a police officer in the Gang ridden City of Chicago.  Not all is bad.   They do have calls that aren't so dangerous, but probably the majority are quite dangerous.  They are shot at, come across people and occasions that the normal person doesn't even hear about, let alone know about.    The author wrote a genuine story of his dealings with all that they rough, dangerous, unknowing streets of Chicago bring to them every day when they go out for work.  One good book.  True story.  It sometimes takes a lot to right a true story like this one, because you may be bringing out some bitter memories. but it's good that the reader can understand to some extent what takes place in some of our cities.  A lot of people close their eyes and ears to anything bad.  We can't do that as a society.  If we do, we have lost our humanity.  A Quite Good Read!

I received a complimentary copy of HISTORY OF STREET COPS from the author, Gregory






W. Zito for my view of the book.

I would give this book 5 STARS.


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