This story is one about a kid from Queens, a mixed-race kid who grew up in a housing project and faced the adversity of racial hatred from both sides of the racial spectrum. In the early years, his brother and he faced a gauntlet of racist whites who taunted and fought with them to and from school frequently. This changed when their parents bought a home on the other side of Queens where he experienced a hate from the black teens on a much more violent level. He was the victim of multiple assaults from middle school through high school, often due to his light skin. This all occurred in the streets, on public transportation and in school.
These experiences as a young child through young adulthood, would unknowingly prepare him for a career in private security and law enforcement. Little did he know that his experiences as a child would cultivate a calling for him in law enforcement. It was an adventurous career starting as a night club bouncer then as a beat cop and ultimately a homicide detective. His understanding and empathy for people was vital to his survival and success, in the modern chaotic world of police/community interactions.