Street Creds is a look inside the world of street gangs and the cops
that work them. I worked the
street for many years before I entered the Gang Task Force, joining it with the
idea that I could rise to the level of violence of any banger I encountered
- a really stupid idea. I wanted
to “earn back” the respect of the citizens for the police; I grew up in this
city, and I worked its streets the best way I knew how, feeling that I had a firsthand
understanding of what the citizens were experiencing. The increasing frustration at gang crimes, drive bys,
robberies, never feeling safe with your kids in your own neighborhood - I
wanted to do what I could to make that fear go away.
Once I was inside the task force, though, the reality was a rude
awakening for me. The task force
was poorly managed and staffed by detectives mostly out for themselves, and the
internal politics made success incredibly difficult and almost impossible - almost,
but not quite.
Street Creds is my story.
Against the odds, outnumbered by gang members, and with very few allies
in the department and only the bare minimum of support. Having witnessed bad cops, brutal crimes, and realizing the
department had been compromised, the cost was much higher for me personally
than I anticipated; however, while on the task force, I achieved a 100%
conviction rate of every case on which I made an arrest.