The Riders Come Out at Night: Brutality, Corruption, and Cover-Up in Oakland


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Atria Books
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6.2 X 9.6 X 1.4 inches | 1.4 pounds

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About the Author

Ali Winston is an independent reporter covering criminal justice, privacy, and surveillance. His work has been rewarded with several awards, including the George Polk Award for local reporting in 2017. Ali is a graduate of the University of Chicago and the University of California, Berkeley. He lives in New York. You can follow him on Twitter @AWinston.

Darwin BondGraham has reported on gun violence for The Guardian and was an enterprise reporter for the East Bay Express. BondGraham's work has also appeared with ProPublica and other leading national and local outlets. He holds a doctorate in sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and was the co-recipient of the George Polk Award for local reporting in 2017. He lives in Oakland, California. You can follow him on Twitter @DarwinBondGraha.


"In this spell-binding expose, crack investigative journalists Winston and BondGraham uncover the malign collusion between segregation, police corruption, and gentrification in the Jerry Brown era. A stunner." --Mike Davis, recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship and author of Set the Night on Fire and City of Quartz
"Two of the best police reporters in Oakland's recent history have put together a meticulously researched and enraging account of a police force rotten to its core. The Riders Come Out at Night is a poignant illustration of an undeniable fact: that the problem with policing in America isn't just about crooked cops. The problem is with the police departments themselves." --Shane Bauer, New York Times bestselling author of American Prison: A Reporter's Undercover Journey into the Business of Punishment
"Ali Winston and Darwin BondGraham's The Riders Come Out at Night asks national questions through the history of one especially vivid and eventful city. Whether birthing the Black Panther Party, or swinging back and forth between progressive bastion or law-and-order stronghold, Oakland has been at the mercy of policing. This book asks who law enforcement really serves--in Oakland and across America--and if the institution can be reformed." --Elon Green, author of Last Call
"As thrilling as the best noir fiction, The Riders Come Out at Night lays bare the horrors of police brutality with careful and unflinching courage. It stands to inform one of America's most urgent debates, providing insight into the culture of a police department in freefall." --Whiting Foundation, 2021 Creative Nonfiction Grant Jury
"A fiercely argued case that the police can't be trusted to police themselves--and that such policing is essential." --Kirkus Reviews
"Devastating and illuminating. Winston and BondGraham chronicle, in excruciating detail, just how extraordinary the injustice must become before the arc finally begins to bend the other way. It's an effort worthy of immense recognition --let the Pulitzer Prize buzz commence."--San Francisco Chronicle
"A culture of corruption and violence keeps flourishing despite repeated good faith efforts to stop the bad apples, who continue to show up, generation after generation, to spoil the barrel. And yet the authors make a case for civilian oversight by presenting civilians--civil rights lawyers, community activists, grieving parents of those killed by police--as the heroes of their stories. Winston and BondGraham treat episodes with a granularity that is a strength of the book. The opportunism and hypocrisy are often galling if not surprising, but the authors break newer ground by chronicling what happened after the [federal] monitor came in. Every city contemplating the future of its police force could use a book like this."--The New York Times Book Review