Anything You Say Can and Will Be Used Against You: Stories by Laurie Lynn Drummond

By Laurie Lynn Drummond

This riveting debut selection of brief fiction approximately ladies police officers comes from the author's real–life event as a Baton Rouge police officer. In a completely clean and distinct voice, those tales display the humanity, compassion, humour, tragedy and redemption hidden in the back of the "blue wall." whatever you assert Can and should Be Used opposed to You centres at the lives of 5 woman law enforcement officials. each one woman's story–like each one name in a police officer's day–varies in its distinctive drama, yet the entire stories remove darkness from the tenuous line among lifestyles and loss of life, violence and keep an eye on, depression and salvation. as the tales come from the author's personal adventure, they open a curtain at the fact at the back of the job–how officials are informed to house the scent of loss of life, how violence clings to a criminal offense scene lengthy after the crime is dedicated, how the police ascertain whilst to interact in or diffuse violence, why a few humans make it from the academy to the strength and a few do not, and the entire friendships, romances, and dramas that ensue alongside the best way. It illuminates not just how officials think whereas they're in uniform, keeping their weapons, but in addition what they think when they move domestic and positioned these weapons apart.

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And only after it was over could you piece together what exactly had happened and why. At the time, the next eight minutes were mostly a blur, a series of quick snapshots, impressions, and sensations barely coherent for us cadets. We pushed out into the crowd, Katherine holding her shotgun perpendicular to her body, saying, “Clear the way, move back, back up” as she walked, her voice devoid of emotion but clear and authori­ tative even over the angry hive of noise. Richard walked sideways behind her, the top of his head just even with the back of her neck, shotgun pointed somewhere between the night sky and the crowd of people folding back around him.

Sanderson moved toward her unit as she spoke, gesturing sharply at Hawkins to join her. Boudreaux keyed his mike, moving rapidly toward his unit as well. ” Starling and 12th—still a place that gives a cop pause. Back then there were pockets of danger—the Sip and Bite off Acadian that most cops called the Shoot and Stab; a pool hall off Greenwell Springs; Gus Young and 39th; a trailer park off Harding; individual houses and blocks off Plank Road and North Foster—there are even more spots today.

If I didn’t fall, if panic and fear didn’t override clearheaded reaction, I could draw my gun and shoot him before he reached me. If. If. If. I kept talking. He kept staring. His wife continued crying and pacing behind him. Suddenly Sarah was beside me again, her gun drawn, held down the length of her leg so he couldn’t see it. “Portable was breaking up, but backup’s on the way,” she whispered. I nodded. “Sir,” I said, “there are other officers coming and I’d like to settle this quietly, as I’m sure you would.

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