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StreetCreds 2nd edition [Kindle Edition]

Zach Fortier , Blue Harvest Creative
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StreetCreds is a look inside the world of street gangs and the cops that work them. I worked the street for many years before I entered the Gang Task Force, joining it with the idea that I could rise to the level of violence of any banger I encountered - a really stupid idea. I grew up in this city, and I worked its streets the best way I knew how, feeling that I had a firsthand understanding of what the citizens were experiencing. The increasing frustration at gang crimes, drive bys, robberies, never feeling safe with your kids in your own neighborhood - I wanted to do what I could to make that fear go away. Once I was inside the task force, though, the reality was a rude awakening. The task force was poorly managed and staffed by detectives mostly out for themselves, and the internal politics made success incredibly difficult and almost impossible - almost, but not quite. Witnessing bad cops, brutal crimes, and realizing the department had been compromised. I left the unit two years later, severely broken, edgy, and dangerously damaged. StreetCreds is the story of how all that came to be. Hold on for a reality check. ~ Zach
StreetCreds has been awarded a Gold medal in the 2014 Readers Favorite International book awards contest in the true crime genre. StreetCreds has been ranked #2 in true crime best sellers on Amazon.com

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3116 KB
  • Print Length: 306 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0070ORW3W
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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5.0 out of 5 stars True life July 16 2014
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Great book !
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3.0 out of 5 stars A first-hand account of gang life April 7 2012
By T. Sparks - Published on Amazon.com
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Although my review of Zach Fortier's Curbchek was less than favorable, the author asked me to read and review Street Creds, which follows much the same format but focuses on Fortier's time working on the Gang Task Force. I expected Curbchek to be a novel, which it claims to be. But it was a rather thinly disguised memoir of actual police cases, and so when I began Street Creds I was prepared for the same thing. I was not disappointed.

In the specialized Gang Task Force, Fortier once again shows us the realities of life on the other side of the law, as he infiltrates some of the toughest gangs on the streets. Using his apparent charm to get hardened criminals, drug dealers, and gang members to trust him, he not only makes arrests and gets convictions in court, but he also dodges bullets, engages in a dangerous high-speed chase after witnessing a drive-by, and even plays a key role in stopping a turf war. Reading about these exploits makes you wonder how the force got along before he joined them. The raw language, which only highlights his rough writing skills, for some reason fits in with the down-and-dirty, super-hero-like feats he pulls off.

The book is arranged as a series of chapters highlighting different cases with gangs, and unlike Curbchek, which didn't have any kind of arc, Street Creds feels more like a complete story. Chapter One explains how Fortier became part of the Gang Task Force and his disdain at discovering how mismanaged the department was, and as the chapters progress, he gradually gets to know the individual gang members, which helps him succeed in solving crimes and cleaning up the streets, at least according to him. By the end I almost felt like I knew the author better, and in some strange way, even understood him.

This time around Fortier gives us a glimpse of his violent childhood. Raised by a sadistic mother and an overworked and angry father, he and his brother are taught at a young age to steal, lie and fight. Like many children raised in such an environment, he grows up believing that his is a normal childhood. After describing this horrific upbringing, Fortier concludes that the abuse only made him better able to relate to the gang members he spends time with every day.

Street Creds also shows us the emotional state of a man who spends his days and nights with criminals and violence. In a poignant moment near the end of the book, the author observes his daughter in the bathroom. She is looking in the mirror and holding up her hands in a way that makes him think she is making a gang "sign." He is appalled and angry that his own daughter may actually be involved in a gang, and he confronts her. The girl, scared and confused, tells her father that she is only looking at nail polishes and trying to decide what color to wear. Defeated, Fortier realizes that it's time to get off the streets, or he may destroy one of the only good relationships he has.

Despite his aggression and complete lack of respect for his fellow police officers, Fortier hides his vulnerability behind a tough guy façade as he gamely tries to find his place in the world. Street Creds is more introspective and controlled than Curbchek. Fortier's anger issues are still there, but he clearly wants to make things better, both on the streets and in the Task Force. He's trying to figure out which world he belongs in, and my guess is it's somewhere in between.

Many thanks to the author for sending me a review copy of the book.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars StreetCreds March 7 2012
By Officer C - Published on Amazon.com
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I recently got my hands on a copy of StreetCreds, the second book by cop turned author Zach Fortier and was not disappointed! StreetCreds picks up where CurbChek left off following Zach deep into the world of criminal gangs. StreetCreds is a much darker book than CurbChek, but follows Zach's style of "in your face" and "tell it like it is". StreetCreds is a fictionalization of Zach's real-life experiences while assigned to the gang task force. Zach not only takes on gang bangers and thugs, but battles office politics as well and comes out unscathed in the end...or does he? Zach's accounts will put you right there in the mix and leave you with the feeling that Zach's experiences are your own. This book is gritty, raw, and as real as it gets. If you ever fantasized about putting it all out there on the streets, do yourself a favor and get your StreetCreds. You wont be disappointed.

Officer C
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! Jan. 14 2013
By Dennis Berry - Published on Amazon.com
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As someone who grew up hearing about gang violence, I loved this inside look at gangs and gang violence, and what it takes for police officers to overcome the closed society that they are often confronted with when dealing with gangs. On the streets, especially in gang neighborhoods, witnesses and victims tend to take the "I didn't see anything" approach. This, obviously, makes it hard for a police officer to do his job and solve the crimes.

The author, an ex gang unit detective, gives the reader a behind-the-scenes look at the gangs from a police perspective. From cultivating informants to befriending the gang members and leaders themselves, the author spins a fantastic tale of what it's like to go against some of the toughest, meanest gangsters on the streets.

This book is full of stories of various crimes and criminals, as well as a peek into the author's emotional state while working the streets. It was a great read.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Whining, sniveling, worst example of police officer I've seen Feb. 27 2014
By cjisanaleut - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I started Street Creds, anticipating a really good read, but within the first few pages, I saw that the author is an example of some of the worst officers I've ever worked with. He attempts to make himself look good with the use of profanity both in his work and describing his family (and yes, I come from a very politely stated-dysfunctional family too), puts everyone he works with down in one manner or another and portrays himself as the only one who could possibly get the job done. I tried-really, TRIED to read this book, and then gave it to my husband-another retired police officer-with no further introduction than to tell him the author is an officer himself. He eagerly took the book to read and actually got further than I did. He came in, asked if I remembered an officer Dave Smith-I didn't work with him, he was in prison (murder) before I came on the dept-however, my husband stated he reminded him strongly of him-a know it all blowhard who has to put everyone down to look good himself. Neither of us could bear to finish this book. Fortunately, I got it on my Prime membership for free, and I'm REALLY hoping I got the other book for free, cause I'm deleting it off my Kindle as well. Won't even TRY to read it. Don't waste your time, and PLEASE don't judge all other police officers by this poor excuse for one! There are some great authors out there who write books-good books-and are retired police officers-look for them. Anne Rule writes true crime, and she's excellent. Fortier? Forget him!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As gritty as real as his other books Feb. 13 2013
By April Alexander-Peck - Published on Amazon.com
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I recently read and reviewed Zach Fortier's books Curbchek and Curbchek Relaod. I have the same high praise for this book as well. Written in short but riveting,detailed chapters; the author gives enough information to cut to the meat of the story and yet be very descriptive of the situations and emotion involved. However, I would not recommend this book to people who are extremely sensitive to situations involving child abuse or sexual assault against children. The author's intent to educate about the psychological and emotional trauma and the effects it has on law enforcement officers was certainly accomplished. I now have a better understanding of why law enforcement officers can seem so detached. Definitely a good read!
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