By Dick Lehr
A riveting, true-life account of violence, racial injustice, and betrayal in the ranks of the Boston Police Department
The Boston cops who brutally beat Michael Cox at a abandoned fence one icy evening in 1995 knew right now they'd made a negative mistake. The badge and handgun below Cox's bloodied parka proved it: He was once no longer a black gang member yet a plainclothes officer who have been chasing a similar homicide suspect they were.
While Cox used to be being overwhelmed, Officer Kenny Conley chased down and captured the suspect. in a while, as Cox waited for an apology from his division, federal prosecutors accused Conley of mendacity while he denied witnessing Cox's beating. either Cox and Conley grew up in Boston and had committed their lives to serving the Boston Police division, but if they wanted its aid, they have been abandoned.
A amazing paintings of investigative journalism, The Fence information the stunning tale of the assault, the tried cover-up by way of cops beholden to a "blue wall of silence," and the sour repercussions at the lives of these concerned. It follows Cox's 1998 federal civil rights trial opposed to the Boston Police division and lines a various forged of characters, together with the sufferers, their households, the officials accused within the beating, urban officers, and the particular homicide suspect—all set opposed to the wealthy backdrop of Boston.
Like J. Anthony Lukas's 1985 Pulitzer Prize-winning vintage universal flooring, The Fence examines Boston's race kinfolk and the unwritten police code of protecting up throughout the intimate lens of these who skilled the crime without delay. by means of coming to understand the officials and criminals introduced jointly that evening on the fence—and the households whose lives have been replaced ceaselessly as a result—we feel how deeply the lines of prejudice run during this urban nonetheless haunted via tribalism and racial tension.
Boston journalist Dick Lehr has written a gritty, appealing true-crime tale with strange depth—a chilling exploration of what occurs while worry of admitting error combines with a police tradition of mendacity to undermine justice.