MISGUIDED BADGES, a Memoir, reveals the boyhood experiences, career challenges, and policing philosophy of a retired Black deputy sheriff in Shelby County, Tennessee. It exposes systemic racism, racist attitudes, and abusive practices perpetuated by Misguided Police Officers within a broken American policing culture.
Truth, Trust, and Accountability do matter. Misguided police officers, aka Misguided Badges, must embrace ‘the truth’ about the American policing culture and systemic racism for the greater good of public trust, public integrity, and public perception. RACIAL BIGOTRY, IGNORANCE, and HYPOCRISY should never represent or define our policing culture. Learning to understand other people is crucial for racial healing and establishing positive relationships. The American policing culture must conform to the Constitutional rights granted to every American citizen, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, or skin color. -- DTY
D. Terry Yarbrough, a retired Black deputy sheriff captain, was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. He served a combined total of 46 years at three Tennessee law enforcement agencies. Graduating from the FBI National Academy, Session 187, was a tremendous asset to his professional law enforcement career. Yarbrough is a past president of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) West Tennessee Chapter.
Yarbrough adopted a community policing philosophy focused on what counts "the People," regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, address, economic status, political preference, or religious practice. He remains committed to quality police training and best practices, along with the highest standards of ethical conduct and professionalism.