Clayton Moore

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Good Cop, Black Cop: Guilty Until Proven Innocent

Clayton Moore’s memoir shares a highly engaging and personal account of his experiences as the first black police officer in small-town USA

Clayton Moore was the first African American hired onto the Fostoria, Ohio police force in 1986. In 2008, the City of Fostoria claimed sixteen conduct violations against Moore and fired him. He challenged the decision, and the arbiter of the case — in a scathing rebuke against the city — reinstated Sgt. Moore, who went on to serve for another ten years, retiring in 2018.

A timely and unique account of the intersection of race and law enforcement in America, Moore shares his story in his first book: “Good Cop, Black Cop: Guilty Until Proven Innocent.”

“My mission is to create change,” says Moore, “change that relieves pain, gives hope, and empowers people, regardless of their color, to do something. This book is an invitation to stand up, kneel down, or reach out in some way to people you may not have otherwise, and to view the world through a lens that acknowledges but does not judge the color of a person's skin.”

Inner Biases and Prejudices Are Real

Racial profiling. Police brutality. The Black Lives Matter movement. Defunding the police. In each of these present struggles, inner bias needs to be part of the conversation, Moore asserts.

“We all have inherent inner biases,” he says. “In order to resolve them, we have to identify and acknowledge them in the first place.”

With “Good Cop, Black Cop,” Clayton Moore is opening the door for respectful dialogue on matters of racial equality and injustice in both communities and law enforcement.

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