By Dick Lehr

“A enormous account of an city travesty….[It] has the entire earmarks of a classic.”
—Dennis Lehane, New York occasions 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 stunning real tale of racism, brutality, legitimate lies and negligence, while the reality in regards to the savage beating of black plainclothes policeman by means 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 gentle on all facets of this robust, aggravating occasion and its aftermath.

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Yet Mike was once happy with making sergeant, a rank he’d earned. The police international used to be nonetheless his global. And he knew others who’d gained promotions. Mike was once pleased for them too. Diana eco-friendly, for one, additionally made sergeant. Mike had gotten to understand “Dee” eco-friendly at the task operating in Roxbury and Mattapan. She was once initially from the South and had conquer a lot—childhood scoliosis in addition to her father’s unintentional death—to develop into one of many most sensible performers at the anti-crime unit. Like Mike’s anti-gang unit, the project was once elite, high-powered, and high-pressured. Dee eco-friendly used to be well known, a big-hearted cop who, following the thrashing, sought Mike out and urged, gingerly, that speaking with a therapist may be worthy. “I don’t quite think in that sort of stuff,” Mike acknowledged. yet Mike preferred her curiosity and regarded eco-friendly a depended on good friend at the strength. Going to the rite used to be an opportunity to determine her and others whose police paintings he revered. The February 14 rite truly grew to become out to be one of many few occasions Mike had left his residence for whatever except an appointment with both his fundamental care physicians or any variety of experts. Mike endured to work out a battery of medical professionals for his complications, fatigue, dizziness, and unsteady gait. He observed a neurologist for his “post-traumatic amnesia,” and his medical professionals had one other MRI performed of his mind that, thankfully, “did now not recommend intracranial bleeding or contusion. ” main issue approximately his “left flank soreness” and “persistent hematuria,” or blood in his urine, ended in extra blood checks and new examinations to evaluate attainable harm. The day after his promoting to sergeant turned legitimate, Mike was once on his again in one other scientific workplace whereas a urologist inserted a skinny software referred to as a cystoscope into his urethra and punctiliously driven it up into his bladder. It was once invasive, however the cystoscope allowed the surgeon to seem without delay into his bladder into components that sometimes didn't appear good on X-rays. The approach didn't demonstrate any abnormalities in his bladder, urethra, or prostrate—which was once excellent news. The undesirable information was once Mike started peeing shiny pink blood and felt soreness; the cystoscopy had brought on a urinary tract an infection. To his day-by-day excessive dose of Tylenol and different medicines, the health practitioner extra antibiotics. It occasionally felt to Mike that he was once nonetheless getting beat up. One weekday close to the tip of February, Mike used to be jogging down the corridor on the police academy advanced situated within the city’s Hyde Park local. He could have been off the road because of his accidents, yet that didn’t suggest he used to be off the activity fullyyt. Newly promoted officials needed to attend sessions. “I used to be nonetheless required whereas i used to be out injured to visit the police academy for greater officer training,” he stated. It wasn’t heavy lifting, and Mike chanced on time to move “in among surgeon appointments. ” It used to be overdue morning, and Mike was once headed towards the cafeteria. “Hey, Mike, how are you doing? ” Mike appeared as much as see who used to be chatting with him. He observed a black officer strolling out of the cafeteria.

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