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"A Riot is the language of the unheard"- Martin Luther King Jr.

Across the country minority communities feel under attack by police officers. The Politics of Crisis explores how to change public policy decisions to reform the role of law enforcement. Centered around the harrowing events of the Freddie Gray riots that gripped Baltimore in 2015, The Crisis of Politics is a powerful examination of how everything can go wrong when police no longer serve their communities. Eric Kowalczyk, Police Captain and Director of Media Relations for the Baltimore Police Department during the riots, provides a first-hand account of what it’s like to be on the front lines of responding to the pressures of a community, the media, and the politics of a city in crisis. Blending humor, research, and deeply personal experiences, the Politics of Crisis offers a prescription to prevent disaster from striking again. 



Eric Kowalczyk is the author of The Politics of Crisis: An Insider’s Perspective to Prevent Public Policy Disasters. 

He has a national reputation as a dynamic and engaging public speaker. Specializing in crisis communication and leadership strategies, Eric draws on a vast background of real-world and teaching experience to bring a new modality of communicating and leadership philosophy to varied professional audiences. 

Eric has trained more than 1,000 communications specialists in 40 states and 65 cities across the country. He has presented at numerous national conferences and is a 2016 TedX BeaconStreet speaker. 

Raised in New England, Eric is an avid football fan; he is also a devotee of philosophical studies, history, and music. 



© 2019 J. Eric Kowalczyk