Edwin Raymond is a recently retired police Lieutenant, civil rights activist and now author who was born and raised in the East Flatbush section of Brooklyn, New York. He joined the NYPD in 2008 after regularly facing discrimination at the hands of officers.
In 2016 he was featured on the front cover of The New York Times Magazine becoming a whistleblower exposing discriminatory policies within the police department and lead plaintiff in the federal case Raymond v. The City of New York.
Raymond is the recipient of the NAACP Courage Under Fire Award, International Documentary Association Courage Under Fire Award and IDA Doc Star of the Month.
He has appeared on The Trevor Noah Podcast, CNN with Anderson Cooper, Freakonomics Radio with Stephen Dubner, NBC News with Sarah Wallace, Democracy Now with Amy Goodman, ABC News, Wyatt Cenac’s Problem Areas on HBO, the Emmy award winning documentary Crime+Punishment (Hulu) and many more media outlets.
His highly reviewed memoir, named “Best Book of 2023” by The Washington Post, Publishers Weekly and Audible, was published in October of 2023, An Inconvenient Cop: My Fight to Change Policing in America (Penguin Random House/Viking Books). Raymond continues to be one of the nation’s leading voices on police, race and criminal justice matters.
Areas of Interest
Police Reform, Police Abolition, Criminal Justice/Legal System, Racism, Systemic Racism
Links / Articles
- Personal website
- A Black Police Officer's Fight Against the N.Y.P.D. (New York Times Magazine)
- A conversation with author and NYPD whistleblower Edwin Raymond (Gothamist)
- Review: An Inconvenient Cop, by Edwin Raymond (The Washington Post)