A Police Cover-Up Along Boston's Racial Divide
Harper Paperbacks, Paperback, 9780060780999, 383pp.
Publication Date: June 15, 2010
The Boston police officers who brutally beat Michael Cox at a deserted fence one icy night in 1995 knew soon after that they had made a terrible mistake. The badge and handgun under Cox's bloodied parka proved he was not a black gang member but a plainclothes cop chasing the same murder suspect his assailants were. Officer Kenny Conley, who pursued and apprehended the suspect while Cox was being beaten, was then wrongfully convicted by federal prosecutors of lying when he denied witnessing the attack on his brother officer. Both Cox and Conley were native Bostonians, each dedicating his life to service with the Boston Police Department. But when they needed its support, they were heartlessly and ruthlessly abandoned.
A remarkable work of investigative journalism, The Fence tells the shocking true story of the attack and its aftermathand exposes the lies and injustice hidden behind a "blue wall of silence."
“Jolting, nightmarish and potent, this true cop yarn bests any bogus reality show or overblown tabloid tale with its hardboiled spin.”
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)