“In the end, the reason an officer arrests someone really doesn’t matter. What matters is that the officer has the “magic pen.” Officers know that, ultimately, what is written in a report will more than likely be accepted and believed because that officer controls the information that the prosecuting attorney and public will see.”
Terrell Carter served five years as a police officer for the City of St. Louis, and currently serves as executive director of the North Newstead Association, a community development corporation in St. Louis. He has degrees in biblical studies, organizational leadership, arts management and leadership, theology and, most recently, a Doctor of Ministry degree.
Carter is author of Walking the Blue Line: A Police Officer Turned Community Activist Provides Solutions to the Racial Divide, Machiavellian Ministry: What Faith-Filled Leaders Can Learn from a Faithless Politician, and the forthcoming volume Leadership in Black and White: Lessons Learned While Serving Racially Diverse Communities. He is also a regular contributor to Ethics Daily and Baptist News Global.
His writings can be viewed at www.terrellcarter.net and followed on Twitter @tcarterstl.
Posts by Terrell Carter
“The Common Reader,” Washington University in St. Louis’s Journal of the Essay, explores life and learning during the onset of the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic.