-​Rosalio Hinojos


The half inch wide black velvet band that is placed around the Peace Officer's badge symbolizes the grief and pain that grips the heart behind the badge. The Black Band begins at the graveside service of Officer Augustino as he is laid to rest. The sound of the bagpipe drifts over the departing crowd as they drift back to their duties...The Black Band portrays cops at work, catching burglars in the act of committing crimes, discovering evidence of a robbery/homicide during a routine parole check and attempting to clean up prostitution and drug dealing. The reader is brought along to hear and live through the words and emotions of the pastor and eulogy, as they attempt to give answers to the meaning of life and the relief from the stress of being a Peace Officer in a violent and cruel world.

​Albert vande Steeg was born in the Netherlands at the beginning of the Nazi occupation of Holland during World War II...Read more


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