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An Inconvenient Cop

By Edwin Raymond & Jon Sternfeld
An Inconvenient Cop by Edwin Raymond & Jon Sternfeld digital book - Fable

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A WASHINGTON POST BEST NONFICTION BOOK OF 2023
A PUBLISHERS WEEKLY BEST BOOK OF 2023

“With illuminating, vivid, and meticulous prose, Edwin Raymond delivers an extraordinary exposé on policing in America . . . An essential, exceptional work.”
—Toluse Olorunnipa, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of His Name Is George Floyd

From the highest-ranking whistleblower in NYPD history, a gripping insider look at the complexities of modern policing and the urgent need for reform


Over his decade and a half with the New York Police Department, Edwin Raymond consistently exposed the dark underbelly of modern policing, becoming the highest-ranking whistleblower in the history of the force and one of the country’s leading voices against police injustice. Offering a rare, often shocking view of American policing, An Inconvenient Cop pulls back the curtain on the many flaws woven into the NYPD’s training, data, and practices, which have since been repackaged and repurposed by police departments across the country.

Gravitating toward law enforcement in the hope of being a positive influence in his community, Raymond quickly learned that the problem with policing is a lot deeper than merely “a few bad apples”—the entire mechanism is set up to ensure that racial profiling is rewarded, and there are weighty consequences for cops who don’t play along. Struggling with the moral dilemma of policing impartially while witnessing his fellow officers go with the flow, Raymond’s journey takes him to the precipice of personal and professional ruin. Yet, through it all, he remains steadfast in his commitment to justice and his belief in the potential for change.

At once revelatory and galvanizing, An Inconvenient Cop courageously bears witness to and exposes institutional violence. It presents a vision of radical hope and makes the case for a world in which the police’s responsibility is not to arrest numbers but to the people.

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“This book is so important. PLEASE do yourself a favor and read this book. I learned so much about the way the police system still incentivizes quotas even though they have “officially” been removed. These quotas are set up to target people of color, especially poor people of color, putting them into the system for minor infractions and then making a point of keeping them in that system, negatively impacting their lives and the quality of life in their communities. Edwin Raymond is the real deal. He is the highest ranked whistleblower of the NYPD and there’s a damn good reason he was so highly ranked. This man worked his ass off and climbed those ranks while not engaging in the quotas, which nearly cost him his job multiple times. He believes in the good in people. He expects and believes that people can do better, from kids skipping school to elected officials taking bribes. Edwin is calling for change in the police system because he believes that police and their communities can work together to achieve justice. Edwin is a passionate advocate for his community and an activist for systemic police reform. This book is equal parts: moving memoir, police education, and hopeful activism. Read it. Learn it. Gift it. Talk about it.”

About Edwin Raymond

Edwin Raymond, a fifteen-year veteran of the New York Police Department, is one of the nation’s leading voices on criminal justice reform. He has received numerous accolades, including a Commanding Officer’s Award for exceptional duty, an NAACP Courage and Leadership Award, and an International Documentary Association’s Courage Under Fire Award and a Doc Star of the Month Award.


Jon Sternfeld is an author whose work includes the New York Times bestselling Scenes from My Life with Michael K. Williams, A Stone of Hope with Jim St. Germain, Marked for Life with Isaac Wright Jr., and Unprepared: America in the Time of Coronavirus.

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