FOR A TIN STAR, Gabriel L. Nathan, 2001.
Since 1972, over 15,000 men and women in this country have died as a direct result of their belief and faith in that quote. For a Tin Star was written to honor all of these special, courageous, often-misunderstood people called peace officers.
Following a passionate foreword written by Maureen Faulkner, widow of Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel J. Faulkner, killed in 1981 by the now famous death row convict, Mumia Abu-Jamal, you are invited to join new author, Gabriel L. Nathan, as he explores the incomprehensible tragedy that occurs when a bullet strikes down a police officer in America, and how that tragedy affects each and every one of us, peace officer and civilian alike.
With numerous references from the trial transcripts, newspaper articles, witness statements, and Philadelphia Police Radio Tape Transmittals, as well as his own insights, Nathan attempts to dispel many of the myths perpetrated my Mumia supporters and, at the same time, honor the 25 year old Philadelphia police officer who was brutally killed by Mumia Abu-Jamal.
Described for the reader are the sights, sounds, traditions and mourning that all too often take place at a police officer's dress funeral as the author takes you from the church to the immense procession, and then, finally to the cemetery.
Lastly, the general public is called upon to more actively come to the aid of slain and living police officers in America. Mr. Nathan provides practical ways one can support law enforcement more effectively in an effort to try and prevent the "blue introversion" that sometimes runs rampant in many police departments across the country.
6 1/4" x 9 1/4", 103 pages, B&W photos, hardcover, ISBN: 1-56311-718-5 BF9580 / $24.95