By Dick Lehr

“A huge account of an city travesty….[It] has all of the earmarks of a classic.”
—Dennis Lehane, New York instances bestselling writer of Mystic River and Shutter Island

 

Dick Lehr’s The Fence, subtitled, “A Police Cover-up alongside Boston’s Racial Divide,” is a surprising actual tale of racism, brutality, legit lies and negligence, whilst the reality concerning the savage beating of black plainclothes policeman by way of 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 elements of this robust, nerve-racking occasion and its aftermath.

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He later advised police officers that down lower than on Mary Moore Beatty approach he’d helped catch Smut Brown—an embellishment thoroughly at odds with the truth that Kenny Conley apprehended Smut Brown. With a novel specialize in the taking pictures suspects, Murphy walked round and started shooing law enforcement officials clear of the scene. “He began telling every body to get the hell out of there,” acknowledged Bobby Dwan, who had reunited with Kenny Conley after Kenny’s go back to the useless finish. acknowledged Murphy, “There used to be lots of people there who have been simply type of milling round. ” Murphy additionally all started spreading the canard approximately Cox—telling officials who requested approximately Mike’s that he’d fallen and hit his head. Inadvertently, or worse, Murphy used to be supporting and abetting the constructing smokescreen hiding the genuine nature of Mike’s accidents. He used to be clearing the lifeless finish of officials who both have been eyewitnesses to the thrashing or had picked up information regarding it. whereas paramedics loaded Mike into the ambulance, officials, rather than being ordered to record their activities, have been advised to vanish into the evening. by way of 3:15 A. M. , the ambulance wearing Mike Cox slowly labored its approach out of the lifeless finish en path to Boston urban health center approximately six miles away. Many officials, following Murphy’s command, have been pulling out. Craig Jones left to retrace his steps to go looking for the handguns. Richie Walker obtained into his cruiser to move again to the auto he’d stopped close to the Cortee’s after which deserted to hitch the chase. Kenny Conley and Bobby Dwan lower back to their cruiser; by means of 3:30 A. M. they have been long past. They headed first to the Roxbury police station. Kenny desired to retrieve he’d used to accomplish the duty Mike Cox had started—the catch of Smut Brown. From there, they persevered using via Roxbury again as much as their quarter within the city’s South finish, the place the subsequent name they took was once approximately yet one more “suspicious individual” on Washington road. they discovered a hooker status on my own within the chilly and ordered her to maneuver on. whereas a few left, lots of police have been nonetheless amid the chaos of Woodruff Way—Sergeants Ike Thomas and David Murphy, Donald Caisey from the group unit, Ian Daley, and a slew of officials from Boston and different police firms. television information crews began to appear. Dave Williams and Jimmy Burgio climbed inside of Williams’s cruiser to anticipate the coming of Sergeant Dovidio, their patrol sergeant. to stick hot, they blasted the heater. Dovidio, the 3rd sergeant, then confirmed up; in brief order, he trumped the supervisory mess already in play at Woodruff manner. His grew to become the starkest reveal of put out of your mind of responsibility. Dovidio used to be fifty-eight years outdated and nearing retirement. It used to be as though he sought after not anything to do with genuine police paintings. previous, whilst the high-speed police chase went a method, Dovidio went the opposite. although a number of of his males, together with Dave Williams and Jimmy Burgio, had answered to the taking pictures at Walaikum’s, Dovidio drove again to the station. He acknowledged he had a few forms to do. in addition to, he stated later, he used to be no longer obligated to become involved within the chase.

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