Sunday, January 26, 2014
One Tough Cop: Mike Chitwood Vs. The Scumbags
Clark DeLeon, a columnist at the Philadelphia Inquirer, offers a column on veteran police chief Mike Chitwood.
Mike Chitwood will celebrate his 50th year in law enforcement this April, and he's still not the top cop in his hometown. Go figure.
The unspoken message in author Harold I. Gullan's new biography, Tough Cop: Mike Chitwood vs. the Scumbags, is that this son of South Philadelphia has spent decades preparing himself for the role of Philadelphia police commissioner.
"There's a tragedy in every triumph," Gullan said in a phone interview of Chitwwood's heroic, troubled, and ultimately vindicated career as a street cop, highway patrolman, homicide detective, hostage negotiator, and suburban and big-city chief. "He'd have made a great police commissioner.'
You can read the rest of the column via the below link:
Note: I've read Tough Cop and I plan to interview Mike Chitwood in the near future. I'll post the interview here.