By Dick Lehr
“A huge account of an city travesty….[It] has the entire earmarks of a classic.” Dick Lehr’s The Fence, subtitled, “A Police Cover-up alongside Boston’s Racial Divide,” is a stunning precise tale of racism, brutality, respectable lies and negligence, while the reality concerning the savage beating of black plainclothes policeman through white officials was once hidden in the back of a “blue wall of silence.” Respected journalist Lehr, winner of the Hancock Award, the Loeb Award, finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and bestselling writer of Black Mass and Judgment Ridge, sheds a super mild on all facets of this robust, worrying occasion and its aftermath.
—Dennis Lehane, New York instances bestselling writer of Mystic River and Shutter Island
“A huge account of an city travesty….[It] has the entire earmarks of a classic.”
Dick Lehr’s The Fence, subtitled, “A Police Cover-up alongside Boston’s Racial Divide,” is a stunning precise tale of racism, brutality, respectable lies and negligence, while the reality concerning the savage beating of black plainclothes policeman through white officials was once hidden in the back of a “blue wall of silence.” Respected journalist Lehr, winner of the Hancock Award, the Loeb Award, finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and bestselling writer of Black Mass and Judgment Ridge, sheds a super mild on all facets of this robust, worrying occasion and its aftermath.
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He’d consistently sought after accountability—and not anything much less. If he’d acknowledged little to a person approximately his expectancies, it was once as a result of his nature and his accidents; complications, for one, plagued him. the beginning of the interior Affairs probe—however belated—was an excellent signal to him. weeks had passed by, and the offenders had had their probability to come back fresh. It was once time for inner Affairs to show up the warmth. “I had relatives telling me not anything could ensue, yet i used to be convinced they might unravel it,” Mike stated. “I believed that wholeheartedly. ” The interview with Cruz was once taped. Mike’s recollection approximately what occurred to him on the fence used to be nonetheless scant, yet he attempted his top to be useful. He used to be adamant approximately a few issues and flawed approximately others. within the file he wrote for the interview, for instance, he asserted basically the ice-fall tale used to be fiction. “I didn't slip on ice or the other substance. ” yet he incorrectly advised Cruz that after he first ran from his cruiser towards the fence, he used to be chasing Smut Brown and a moment suspect. the error used to be one Mike was once by no means capable of unravel; a defective reminiscence advised him he’d run after suspects. Mike supplied different new information—bits and items of the night’s occasions that have been slowly returning to him within the weeks considering that he’d been domestic improving. He recalled that sooner than he misplaced cognizance a white guy donning black boots kicked him within the face. He couldn’t describe the man’s positive factors, although, or bear in mind no matter if he used to be in uniform. “It’s attainable that i would afterward take into accout. ” For now, that used to be it. Mike provided another new lead—another second that had get back to him. He defined status, blood-soaked, in the back of a police cruiser, while “I see a black officer. ” The officer, he recalled, used to be yelling and attempting to arrest him. He wore a uniform and had a narrow construct. “I be aware of he’s smaller than me,” Mike advised the investigator, yet that used to be all he got here up with. The taped interview ended at 5:15 P. M. It had now not lasted even thirty mins. Mike nonetheless suffered from large gaps in his reminiscence. yet whether he couldn't determine any of his assailants, he felt he had supplied investigators with a few sturdy leads approximately one of many males who’d overwhelmed him and approximately one other officer who then attempted to arrest him. Mike promised to go alongside the other details—if and once they got here again to him. the fast interview left him feeling exhausted. Mike headed domestic to relaxation. the subsequent week, Mike ventured out to wait the rite honoring the eighty-nine newly promoted officials. through the occasion, Police Commissioner Paul Evans spoke to Mike for the 1st time because the beating. the personal dialog amounted to a pep speak. Evans requested how Mike used to be feeling and inspired him to recover so he may go back to paintings quickly. He advised Mike to not fear in regards to the “incident” and that “he may look after it. ” They have been encouraging phrases that Mike desired to think. however it wasn’t so transparent no matter if the case used to be a excessive precedence to Evans yet—or ever will be. 3 weeks had now handed, and Evans had nonetheless no longer spoken out publicly concerning the beating.