It was a year ago this week, and I was sitting on a bench at the Brooklyn Bridge, waiting to cross over from New York to Washington, DC, when I heard a little kid on the other side of the bridge, and this little boy started yelling, “Let me go!” and he just started yelling to his mommy, “No!
I just kept walking, thinking, “Why am I going to be a cop?
Why am I doing this?”
It was so surreal.
It was my first time seeing a little boy crying, crying, cry.
I think it was my second time seeing an African American boy crying.
And then I thought, “Well, you know, this might not be what I expected.”
I went to my desk, and in my file folder, there was a copy of the cover of The New York Times, which had been given to me by one of the editors of the magazine.
I looked at the cover, and it was like a painting, like, “This is The New Man.”
It was like The Man’s own portrait.
And that was a moment of absolute clarity to me, because it was a man who I could relate to.
He had a sense of humor, a sense that he was just like anybody else.
I didn’t know anything about him.
I thought he was a bit of a weirdo.
And it wasn’t until I read about him in the New Yorker that I understood what I was getting into.
And I’ve never been more proud to have been part of the New York City Police Department.
And there’s no doubt that when I started the job, I was a little skeptical.
I mean, there were a lot of things that I was worried about.
I was kind of skeptical that this was going to work out.
I had my doubts about everything.
The only reason I was hired was because they needed someone to replace my predecessor, Robert Roddick, who retired in 2004.
And so, that’s what I did.
I worked on a number of projects that included dealing with the AIDS epidemic, working with families, dealing with families dealing with AIDS.
And also dealing with mental health issues and the way that the Police Department is dealing with people who are dealing with things like addiction and mental health.
And the thing that I’m most proud of, is I worked closely with the police chief.
I got to meet the chief.
And what he was doing, is he was putting a lot more pressure on me to be honest, to be real, to give you the facts.
And if you don’t have a story, you’re just being dishonest.
And he was always telling me, “We don’t need any of that stuff.”
And I remember the chief told me, if I wanted to be the next commissioner of the department, I needed to tell the truth.
And now, I’ve seen firsthand that that’s exactly what I have to do.
And my wife, Anne, has watched it all.
She knows that it’s a different time in the department.
And she’s proud of what we’ve done.
So, what does the future hold for The New Republic?
Well, my first book, I’m working on a movie about a guy named Peter Rabbit.
And Anne is coming back in August.
And we’re going to do a podcast, The Politics of Fear, on the American police force.
And on the books, we’ve written about all kinds of issues.
But the book, The New American Police, which was written for me by a young man named Peter Quill, was about this young black man named Eric Garner, who was killed by a white cop.
And when Eric Garner was being choked by the police officer, Eric Garner told him to get up.
And Eric Garner went up and choked him.
And they used their Taser, and he was still breathing.
And after that, I wanted Peter Quills book to be about a black person dying in the streets, and a white man being caught in the middle of it, and the story of the black man who is killed by the white cop, the white officer.
And Peter Quilling was able to tell that story, in a way that he never has been able to.
And The Politics Of Fear is a new book.
And this book was the culmination of all my work, and all my research, and what I’ve learned over the last 20 years.
And in the process of researching it, I also realized that the book is also about my life.
So I’m going to take it on the road.
I’m coming back to New York.
And eventually, I will write a memoir.
And maybe in 20 years, a book like this could be a documentary about the New Republic, a memoir about the way the New America was created, about how the New New Republic was born.
And finally, when the book comes out, I’ll