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August, 2014. Oakland, California. A white police officer shoots and kills an unarmed black man. Protesters march and their rallying cries echo through the streets: “Black lives matter! Hands up, don’t shoot! I can’t breathe!” Outside agitators swarm into the city to incite unrest. Police mobilize to prevent mob violence and looting. Rioting erupts. Oakland teeters on the verge of anarchy.
Buried under an avalanche of scathing criticism is OPD Officer Shane Barrow’s account of that fatal encounter. A routine traffic stop escalates into a fierce life and death struggle between the driver and Shane for control of his holstered pistol, compelling Shane to shoot his attacker in a desperate fight for survival. But the Black Lives Matter movement scorns his version of the controversy and brands him as just another racist, trigger-happy cop guilty of murdering a defenseless black man.
This unjust persecution and relentless negative media coverage traumatizes Shane, cripples him with self-doubt, and sets the stage for a stunning conclusion with tragic consequences.
John Taylor's latest novel, OIS: Officer Involved Shooting, is a gritty, mean streets drama that focuses on the devastating disdain an Oakland police officer faces after he kills a man in the line of duty. Devoid of political correctness, it's a gripping story that shows there is more than one victim when a cop pulls the trigger. --Brian Thiem, author of Red Line and its soon to be released sequel, Thrill Kill