Publisher: PRINTMEDIA Communications
Pub. Date: July 2006
Someone is killing
all of the male street prostitutes in Hollywood, California.
The LAPD has labeled the crimes 'NHI' - No Humans Involved.
Officer Stephen Cainen risks more than his career when he
single-handedly tries to solve the savage torture-killings.
The LAPD management doesn't care if Cainen catches the killers,
or the killers get Cainen. Either way they win. With no back-up
from his department, Cainen is stalked by the vicious killers.
Can Cainen stay alive long enough to stop the slaughter of
L.A.'s youth? Based on an explosive true story, OUTSIDE THE
BADGE gives a compelling insight into the workings of the
LAPD and the management that rules it like a dynasty.
Featured on 60 Minutes,
Phil Donahue, and The Geraldo Rivera Show,
author Mitchell Grobeson is the first openly gay officer in
LAPD's history. Joining the force in 1981, Grobeson became
one of its most highly decorated officers. Despite his saving
a record number of lives, the LAPD waged a campaign of harassment
against Grobeson, including several attempts to have him killed.
Sgt. Grobeson is the first officer in the nation to sue a
police department for sexual orientation discrimination, which
resulted in the 1993 landmark settlement, ordering the LAPD
to halt its discriminatory practices. Many of the incidents
portrayed in Oustide the Badge are based on Sgt.
Grobeson's actual experiences in the LAPD.
What happens when a stark
raving psychopath and a closeted gay cop are hurled
towards each other like speeding trains on a same track?
A "top-of-his-class" officer in the Los Angeles
Police Department, Steve Cainen faces increasing harassment
as his co-workers and superiors suspect he might be
gay. Soon the whispers turn to threats, overt aggression,
betrayal and conspiracy. Blackmailed by the homophobic
bunch, Cainen is left no choice but to engage in undercover
work that will ultimately push him in a pit of violence
and pure horror. In the imminent crash between a serial
killer and a man in search of his identity, one will
lose his soul and the other will find it.
on the author's real-life experiences in the LAPD, Outside
The Badge is a tightly written page-turner.
The style is clear and blunt, the pages seeded with
shocking revelations, heart-breaking moments and a threatening
sense of impending doom. The development is treated
with the same precision and minutia one would expect
in an investigation, including graphic descriptions
of street life, rape and torture scenes.
let us not be fooled: Outside The Badge
is above all the story of a man fighting for his principles,
his dignity and the right to live. One might read this
wonderful piece as the autobiography of a courageous
heart, of a modern hero. We must not forget that the
author, Sergeant Mitchell Grobeson, was the first openly
gay officer in the LAPD, and the first officer to sue
a police department for discrimination on the basis
of sexual orientation.
The Badge offers a vivid perspective on
a seldom-known aspect of police life, a chilling exploration
of discrimination, hate and evil, and a touching account
of one man's courageous fight.