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Vandal Squad: Inside the New York City Transit Police Department, 1984-2004

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Vandal Squad: Inside the New York City Transit Police Department, 1984-2004  has caused consternation throughout the global graffiti community with charges that author Joseph Rivera is profiting off the very criminals he spent his career incarcerating. 

Graffiti writers have left a vivid trail and told their spellbinding tales the world over in countless books and magazine
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Hardcover, 168 pages
Published October 25th 2008 by powerHouse Books
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Thomass
Dec 09, 2008 Thomass rated it really liked it
Can you respect the devil? This book flirts with the devil and its tales, although, depending on who you are dictates who the devil really is. The world reality is not so black and white though. It's complex. And so are my feelings on a book by Vandal Squad cop Numero Uno.
It's actually a great read and a quick read at that.
It's got some good war stories and breaks down some incidents with crews/writers. Included are some nice photos from along the way. Rivera definitely has some respect for wr
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Frank Mitchell
Oct 24, 2011 Frank Mitchell rated it did not like it
While an interesting read, Joseph Rivera was a cop who took his job a little too serious and crossed the lines with many of the writers he arrested. The to glorify that in a book was a little tasteless, as if he was jealous that the kids doing the art on the trains were taking away from his work arresting them. What we have is a ego fueled read by a cop which is nowhere as interesting as the kids who committed the crimes.
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New York, subways, cops, and graffiti! What more in life can one ask for?
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