Ground-breaking and numbingly current, Blue Lives Matter is a first of it's kind series exploring line-of-duty deaths suffered by the law enforcement "blue" family. The first book in the series examines the deaths of 16 police officers and one brave K-9 who all made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their communities. An historical true crime account with cases from the 1950s to more recent cases; a methodological look at each case, extracting and presenting tactical lessons learned and the continual price in the survivors left behind.
Los Angeles County has over 20,000 law enforcement officers with 10,000 of those officers assigned to either LAPD or Los Angeles Sheriff's Department. Three-term Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley and former LAPD Reserve Officer presents each case to readers, putting his lense and that of Los Angeles archivist Robert Schirn on the incidents that took each blue life lost. Readers will not only learn the never-before released details of each case in this updated format, but also the lessons learned and impact on survivors. Cooley and Schirn have worked tirelessly for years to put together the information in an understandable form with the stakes never being higher for both the public to understand the Blue Lives Matter focus.
Blue Lives Matter
About the Authors
Steve Cooley served as the 41st District Attorney of Los Angeles County. With more than 2,000 employees, including roughly 1,000 prosecutors and nearly 300 investigators, the L.A. County D.A.'s Office is the largest local prosecutorial office in the country. Cooley was a career prosecutor and nearly three decades later he was elected District Attorney. In 2008, he became the first Los Angeles District Attorney in 70 years to be re-elected to a third consecutive term.
He is a graduate of Cal State Los Angeles and the University of Southern California Law Center. While studying at USC, Cooley joined the Los Angeles Police Department's Reserve Officer Program and proudly served for six years.
Cooley has been repeatedly honored by the legal community and civic groups for his innovation and transparent approach in securing justice for all. Blue Lives Matter - In the Line of Duty is his current attempt to garner justice and understanding for the men and women of blue. He currently serves as President and CEO of Steve Cooley & Associates, a consulting and problem solving company. He and his wife Jana have been married for 40 years. They have two grown children and three grandchildren.
Bob Schirn is a graduate of Princeton University and UCLA School of Law. He joined to Los Angeles District Attorney's Office and prosecuted more than 60 felony jury trials with a 90% conviction rate during his tenure. He was eventually promoted to Head Deputy and supervised the Pomona and Van Nuys Branch Offices, Central Trials, Major Narcotics, Gangs and the Appellate Divisions. Schirn retired as a full-time prosecutor in 2006 and has dedicated himself since that time to creating understanding across the country on law enforcement work.