Kevin P. Hempstead grew up on the west side of Cleveland, Ohio, in a large family of eleven children. He served four years in the U.S. Air Force before moving to Denver, Colorado area, where he currently resides.
As a young man, Kevin experienced what too many black men have experienced—a nervous police officer’s gun pointed directly at him. What started as a routine traffic stop quickly escalated into an experience that Kevin never forgot.
That personal traumatic experience, along with numerous police shootings of unarmed black men in recent years, as well as
Kevin’s own unarmed nephew being shot by a cop, inspired him to write this book. Kevin hopes Black and Blue will help save the lives of young black men—including his own son.
The relationship between African-Americans and police is often strained. The most common interactions occur during police traffic stops, and far too many of which have deadly outcomes. For this reason, every driver in your household should know what actions to take in order to minimize the potential of negative consequences.
Black and Blue is designed to aid anyone who finds themselves in this situation to create more positive interactions that are crucial for everyone's safety. No one wants themselves or their loved ones in the position of being in danger, and this book will help any citizen engage with police officers in a way that encourages a calm, peaceful encounter. Help yourself, your loved ones, and police officers get home safely by finding ways to ease the strain on the relationship between police and those in the black community.
Interact with police officers without the emotional escalation that often ends in needless, sometimes deadly, tragedy.