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Tony Bouza Quotes


Tony Bouza
  • Mini Bio
  • Name: Tony Bouza
  • Born: 10th April 1928, Ferrol, Spain
  • Occupation: Police officer and author
  • Police rank: Served as chief of the Minneapolis Police Department from 1980 to 1989
  • Books: A Carpet of Blue 1992, Police Unbound 2001, The Police Mystique 1990, The Decline and Fall Of the American Empire 1996, Expert Witness 2013
  • Trivia: Tony Bouza ran for nomination for Governor of Minnesota in 1994 but he snatched defeat from the jaws of victory after calling for the confiscation of handguns.
  • Scroll down for full bio and many great quotes

"Our arrival in Brooklyn was a rude awakening to poverty"

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"I am an unapologetic supporter of the use of police violence, even lethal force, but it has to be guided by the law, the standards of reasonableness and the U.S. Constitution"

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"I see violence as a key weapon in the police arsenal and trained cops in the full range of possibilities available to us"

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"My only caveat is that the use of force has to be legally justified, measured, and appropriate, and that the weapons have to be in conformance with the law"

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"The law requires that officers can only use deadly force when deadly force is being used against them or someone in the area is using deadly force"

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"In the relationship between white cops and black citizens, you have an obligation to demonstrate the system will enforce the law"

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"They need to continue to struggle and get him under control, but they can’t shoot him"

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"Suddenly we were poor, living in tenements and scrounging enough to eat"

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"With the fury of an escaping convict, for the first time in my life I really studied, trained and prepared for the effort"

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"Artists are prophets. They define the meaning of our lives and point the way"

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"When you bunch people together they become neurotic rats"

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"The real crime in America is one of poverty and race"

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Tony Bouza Biography

Tony Bouza was born and raised in a shipbuilding city called Ferrol in Galicia in northern Spain until the age of nine when his family emigrated to the U.S.



Bouza joined the NYPD where he rose to the rank of commander in the Bronx area of New York. He was headhunted to become the chief of police in Minneapolis where he successfully served three terms, he was later described as the best police chief New York city never had.

Upon retirement he put pen to paper and was author of eight books and his maverick ways meant it was most interesting researching and selecting my compilation of 12 of the best Tony Bouza quotes.

Quotes About Tony Bouza

The Star Tribune journalist Randy Furst made this assessment: "For most of the past quarter century, he has been a witness for the defense across the country, testifying in law suits, some of them major cases, on behalf of people who have alleged wrongdoing by police departments"

The Attorney Mike Freeman responding to some Bouza press criticism: "It is obvious that Tony has not reviewed all of the evidence, as I have, but beyond that, I have no comment"


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