READABILITY: ‘Arrest Proof Yourself’ was poorly written, with hyped up language that was intended to scare the reader in the guise of informing him. The language and word choice was poor, and the grammar worse. There was little continuity between the topic headings and the material presented. The book repeatedly hyped certain phrases and concepts and employed circular reasoning in places to defend its tenets. The book was published as an e-book, but poorly so. Every other paragraph contained words run together intolongstringsofwordsmakingitverydifficulttoascertaintheirmeaning. It might have been a Kindle problem, but I don’t see this more than once or twice in other books that are properly edited and published.
CONTENT: ‘Arrest Proof Yourself’ portrays police officers as vicious, narcissistic, superior hunters, trained to identify dangerous situations, manipulate misdemeanor offenses into felonies, and incite violence and fear. It portrays them as always out looking for a ‘score’ and bigger and bigger thrills, counting arrests and getting excited when they get multiple felony arrests from what might have been an otherwise mundane situation. Pick up a book on the Gestapo, the German SS during the second World War, compare them with this book, and see that the author’s descriptions of police are not very much different. It describes the obvious responses that people should make when assaulted (and I use the term specifically) by police officers, and gives examples of incorrect responses that get people arrested. It does, in a very limited sense, provide information on how not to get arrested, even if you are doing illegal acts. But that topic seems to be secondary to the main point that police are dangerous, out of control, vicious, and they go around creating trouble if they cannot find it legitimately. The author also comes very close to racial discrimination in his descriptions of the people the police ‘profile’ and set out to find in the wrong. In short, it tells people to be afraid of the police and to avoid contact with them at all costs, repeating the phrase ‘If they can’t see you, they can’t arrest you’ or something similar.
SUMMARY: If you live in a city, dress down or in gang style clothing and hang around outside after midnight, probably committing at least one crime if not more, you might learn something from this book. For the rest of us, the book insults our intelligence and makes the police out to be the bad guys.
NOTE: I am not a police officer, nor do I have much experience with them directly, but I am familiar with their training and the job that they do — primarily from a dispatcher’s perspective. Also, I have lived in a small town for the last ten years, so the problems of the ‘city’ don’t hit us as hard, nor are they daily events. We don’t get car chases or SWAT situations except in very rare cases. We do have more than our share of domestic squabbles and drug related offenses, but fewer visible problems.