New book “Black, White & Gray All Over” by Frederick Douglass Reynolds is released, a gripping and brutally honest account of life as a Black police officer in 1980s Compton

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New book “Black, White & Gray All Over” by Frederick Douglass Reynolds is released, a gripping and brutally honest account of life as a Black police officer in 1980s Compton

August 31
23:39 2021

“Black, White & Gray All Over” by Frederick Douglass Reynolds has been released worldwide. This 396-page memoir shares the harrowing experiences of being a police officer in 1980s Compton, California through both the author’s eyes and the stories of fellow officers, as well as a trying upbringing in 1960s urban Detroit. His story illustrates the gray areas of policing, corruption, and the losses endured by struggling communities. Beyond the trials of police work, the racial tensions of the era, and the personal highs that come with a decorated career, this poignant work explores the larger context of what it means to be a Black man in America and the author’s personal journey through healing a life damaged by stress and trauma.

Black, White & Gray All Over (ISBN: 9781638485216) can be purchased through retailers worldwide, including and Amazon. The paperback retails for $16.99. Wholesale orders are available through Ingram.

From the back cover:

From shootouts and robberies to riding in cars with shady people, Frederick Reynolds’ early manhood experiences in Detroit, Michigan in the 1960s foretold a future on the wrong side of the prison bars. Frederick grew up a creative and sensitive child but found himself lured down the same path as many Black youth in that era. No one would have guessed he would have a future as a cop in one of the most dangerous cities in America in the 1908s – Compton, California. From recruit to detective, Frederick experienced a successful career marked by commendations and awards. The traumatic and highly demanding nature of the work, however, took its toll on both his family and personal life – something Frederick was able to conquer but only after years of distress and regret.

“Black, White & Gray All Over not only recounts the stories of Frederick’s life and career but also the stories of his fellow officers. An honest, no-holds barred history of the city of Compton’s gang violence, crack epidemic, and legacy of government corruption leaves readers of all backgrounds with a better understanding of race relations as well as the gray areas of policework in one of America’s most brutal cities.” – Zora Knauf

“If Fred Reynolds’ memoir Black, White & Gray All Over was just about being a cop in Compton, California, dealing with gangs, murders, officers killed in the line of dity, and the politics that drives it all, it would be worth the read. This book goes deeper, into what it means to be a man, more particularly a Black man, and to overcome every obstacle along the way to redemption. Don’t miss this one!”

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