Former Cop's Book Explores Police Suicide

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Clarke Paris wonders if anyone around these parts remembers the North Hollywood bank robbery shootout 14 years ago? Los Angeles TV stations covered the incident live, which ended with both heavily armed perpetrators killed, 11 police officers and seven bystanders injured and extensive damage to vehicles and other property. Despite 2,000 rounds of ammunition exchanged between the police and robbers, no officers were killed in the line of duty that day.

But Paris, himself a former cop, also wonders if anyone knows that three officers involved in the shootout later committed suicide.

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Paris, who served as a sergeant with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, has gone on to extensively explore "the pain behind the badge." That's the title of a documentary he made on police stress and suicide, subjects he also tackles in a new book.

My Life For Your Life documents the author's personal struggles with police stress, his wife's response and the biographies of eight cops who took their own lives.

The book also includes letters written to those officers post-suicides by their spouses, family members and other loved ones. A psychologist chips in a chapter on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Paris signs copies of his book and talks about police stress from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at Martha's Bookstore on Balboa Island. It's free to attend.

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Eddiechavez1958
Eddiechavez1958

JUST MORE PUNKS WHO COULD NOT TAKE STRESS.THEY COULD DISH IT OUT BUT COULD NOT TAKE IT. AMERICAS FINEST WHAT A JOKE.

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Rider I Anti-Economic Warfare

Really police suicides. No you are completely wrong. It is more like foreign intelligence officer and local guerrillas drugging good officers into paranoia in public. Then hanging them like the FO manual's state they do. Foreign Officers. Give me a break, learn something about the world. We are constantly under invasion and our local PD's are constantly under threat by foreign players. Just much more quiet like. 

Rider IAs such if you feel like you are going nuts or want to hurt yourself, go get psycho tropic tested. There have been cases found where FO's will use small tainted sprays outside of windows and air entrances to domestic PD's houses to drive them insane. Especially if they are the good officers not willing to take to destroy the USA. I could go on but I said to much already. 

Steve
Steve

Is your tin-foil hat fully adjusted?

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jay
jay

it cant be easy being a complete a**hole all the time and spending your days trying to ***k people over and still like yourself every night

H2oskur
H2oskur

Funny Jay, I don't commit crimes and I have NOT been ***ked over by the police.... I wonder what the common denominator is? (Sorry to use such big words on you) It is having to deal with a**holes like you that make them what they are.

THOMAS
THOMAS

Who gives a rats #ss  about cop suicides? Most of them are killers and crooks and wouldn't give a eff about the public. What police departments ought to be doing is weeding out the crazies and the suicidal before they hire them!

H2oskur
H2oskur

Thomas....sounds like you may have had too many negative contacts with the police, but I am sure that it isn't your fault.... you are, I am sure, an upstanding taxpaying citizen that is just misunderstood. Maybe you ought to try and do their job all while being politically correct and sensitive to jerks like yourself and at the same time having to worry about being shot at or assaulted by the people they come in contact with. Yes there are some bad cops, but don't criticize unless you have walked in their shoes or have had close personal aquaintances in the police force.

Barry Zuckerkorn
Barry Zuckerkorn

Gee Thomas, with your sensitive take on this issue it's easy to see that you must be a really kind-hearted humanitarian yourself. Yep, I bet you're a real contributor to society. On behalf of the world, I'd like to thank you for sharing your enlightened perspective with us.

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