According to the book description of Broken Badges: Cases from Police
Internal Affairs Files, "Police misconductcops engaging in sexual
misconduct, theft, brutality, wrongful arrests, inept police supervision, and
public corruption. Theres hardly any community that is immune from this cancer.
Its happening in small and large cities, urban and rural places, and local and
state police agencies.
Reiter has intimate knowledge of this subject. Hes been involved in police work
for 52 years. The first 20 years he was with the Los Angeles Police Department
and retired as a Deputy Chief. For the past 32 years hes been a police
consultant like the main character in this book, Taylor Sterling. Through this
fictional consultant, Lou weaves stories taken from his extensive files and
experiences on the dark side of law enforcement.
Sterling is called in to unravel and try to fix problems with a variety of
police agencies throughout the country. He might be working for the insurance
company, the town or city affected, or a concerned Chief or Sheriff who might
not know the ins and outs of policing the police, or Internal Affairs. Taylor
knows this well and he knows how to use every reasonable and professional
technique to uncover police misconduct, help some officers who might be wrongly
accused, and give needed help to a Chief or Sheriff when things get out of
are fictional cases taken from police internal affairs files. They arent for
the faint of heart. These stories are raw and uncensored. But in the end this
book is designed to ferret out oppression by cops who were thought to be sworn
to protect the innocent."