William Dunn, a Detective Sergeant with the Los Angeles Police
Department and a former CRASH officer and renowned gang expert, has published his second book The Gangs of Los
Angeles. William Dunn has instructed law enforcement nationwide regarding the current MS-13
gang epidemic. William Dunn is also the author of Boot: An L.A.P.D. Officer's Rookie Year.
According to the book description, The Gangs of
Los Angeles describes that “there is no gang turf more desperately unique than that hidden among the 464
square miles which make up the City of Los Angeles. It is a fragile place; both tantalizing and repulsive, where wild fires
can scorch hill-top celebrity homes as easily as gang members decimate a housing project with automatic rifle fire.
The Gangs of Los Angeles is a classic, real life account of American crime. From the early
Tomato Gangs of 1890's Boyle Heights to the modern Crips and Mara Salvatrucha, with side trips through an Irish Dogtown,
the gang wars of "Happy Valley", Sleepy Lagoon and the yellow journalism of the Hearst Press, and a tragic murder
at Sunset and Vine, Dunn recounts the events and notorious denizens that spawned LA's gang subculture.”
William Dunn said of The Gangs of Los Angeles,
“This book is the culmination of five years I spent researching the history of LA's gang culture. I've been
a gang cop (both in a CRASH unit and as a gang detective) in this city almost two decades, and I'd heard all the urban
legends about the origins of the Crips, the Bloods, White Fence, MS-13, etc. Little of it made sense, and it seemed you could
ask any two OG or Veteranos the same question about their gangs past and get two separate answers. So I wanted to know what
the truth was, especially after other gang investigators in other states, now being hit with our gang members who were migrating
from our town to their areas, were calling me and asking me not only what we'd done to fight the gang culture, but how
did it all begin. They didn't want to make the same mistakes. So I went back, into the 50', the 40's, the 30's,
even back to 1892 when it all begins, to see how it started, and what the city did to suppress the gang culture, both the
stuff that worked, and the stuff that didn't.
For more information about gangs you can read my other
book Boot: An L.A.P.D. Officer's Rookie Year which details my first year as a street cop in
South Central during the Crip and Blood wars of 1990. I will also soon be publishing a book called "The Tequila Triangle"
which is a history of Mexican Border drug cartels like The Gulf, Juarez, Tijuana, Sonora, etc. Cartels; as well as the "Sicario"
(assassination) groups like the Sinaloan Cowboys, Zetas and Kaibiles; and how all these organizations have corrupted and influenced
Los Angeles' gang and drug culture; and where these ties could be taking our country!”
According to the Library Journal, Boot: An L.A.P.D.
Officer's Rookie Year, “is a refreshingly unpretentious first-person account of a rookie cop's
experiences on the mean streets of L.A. Dunn tells of his first days: learning the ropes from more experienced officers, feeling
the rush of adrenaline when confronting dangerous situations, learning the codes and behaviors of street gangs, confronting
the fact of death, and developing the uniquely strong bonds that exist among individuals working under hazardous conditions.
What sets this apart from many other cop narratives is Dunn's avoidance of self-aggrandizement and his ability to portray
incidents realistically and dramatically.”
One reader of Boot: An L.A.P.D.
Officer's Rookie Year, said, “I have
just finished reading "Boot" by William C. Dunn. This is an excellent book on police work and the perspective of
a rookie cop. I am a sergeant, just shy of completing thirty years on the LAPD, and currently work with Bill. I am his supervisor.
Bill's book is easy reading and well written. His stories are insightful, and brought back memories of my rookie year.
I enjoyed reading his book. I sincerely hope he writes another one. If, and when he does, I will buy it and read it. His style
of writing makes it so you don't want to put the book down, you want to keep on reading. Great job, Bill.”