Now newly in paperback, Brandon Soderberg and Baynard Woods' I Got A Monster tells the page-turning story of the most corrupt police squad in America—Baltimore's Gun Trace Task Force, eight members of which were indicted and pled or were found guilty of racketeering, robbery, extortion, overtime fraud, and selling drugs seized during police operations. But far from being just the horrifying saga of a few bad apples ruining lives while wearing a badge, Soderberg and Woods' book is an indictment of American policing and the culture of impunity that sustains it. As last summer's calls to "defund the police" in the wake of George Floyd's murder are being met today in Baltimore with increases to the police budget, and the legacy of the GTTF is being remembered by resurrecting the paramilitary tactics and gun-panic framing that enabled it in the first place, we're thrilled to revisit I Got A Monster with the authors and a panel of special guests.
Joining Soderberg and Woods will be:
J. Brian Charles, Reporter for The Trace
Deborah Levi, Director of Special Litigation in the Office of the Public Defender