This article is an excerpt from the new book, Black and Blue: Inside the Divide Between the Police and Black America, in which Pegues documents the presence and operation of “ghost skins,” defined as “hidden white supremacists in law enforcement.” Writes Pegues:
The vast majority of police officers across the nation are doing the right thing. But there is a small percentage who are tarnishing the badge. Over the last several years, in addition to the police shootings that have sparked calls for reform, there have been scandals in departments from coast to coast. Some of those scandals have highlighted explicit racism within the ranks.