Walking the Blue Line:
A Police Officer Turned Community Activist Provides Solutions to the Radical Divide
Biography: Law Enforcement / Political Science & Security: Law Enforcement & Communications
ISBN: 978-1-940784-46-5
ePub: 978-1-940784-47-2
6 x 9, 106 pgs, trade paper, $15.95
BISACS: BIO027000; POL014000

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Walking the Blue Line: A Police Officer Turned Community Activist Provides Solutions to the Racial Divide


From his insight as a black police officer and, community leader and church minister in a volatile urban setting, Terrell Carter offers a constructive approach to addressing racism, societal divisions, the politics of oppression, improving police-community interaction—and points the way to a more hopeful future.


Terrell Carter served as a police officer for the City of St. Louis for five years. After leaving the department, he served in various professional capacities, including Executive Director of two community-based organizations, and as a college instructor. He is a contributor to Ethics Daily and Baptist News Global, and serves as consultant and coach for community engagement and organizational effectiveness for non-profit and for-profit organizations. Mr. Carter has earned undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate degrees in Biblical Studies and Organizational Leadership, Arts Management and Leadership, and Theology, and is a candidate for the degree of Doctor of Ministry in Congregational Health.

He is a sought after consultant and speaker in a number of areas including issues on race and human relations, the dynamics of oppression, improving police-citizen interactions and community engagement, and, understanding and resolving the racial divide. Terrell can be contacted at www.terrellcarter.net. Follow him on twitter@tcarterstl.


Terrell Carter offers a thoughtful, constructive approach to addressing racism and police-citizen interaction, and societal divisions. His unique insight as a former police officer, and as a local church minister, as well as a community activist, provides greater understanding on all sides of these issue which can bridge the divides—and point the way to a more hopeful future.—Zach Dawes, Managing Editor, Ethics Daily

We have much to do about how police patrol minorities communities and how the criminal justice system reviews officer-involved fatal shootings. Everyone’s voice is needed right now. As a black man from St. Louis who has done police work in the region, Terrell Carter’s voice is especially needed. I encourage you to read Walking the Blue Line and encourage Terrell to continue his activism, be it the Ferguson Commission, to the Better Together St. Louis initiative to the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing.—Chris King, Managing Editor, The St. Louis American