The Fence: A Police Cover-up Along Boston's Racial Divide

The Fence: A Police Cover-up Along Boston's Racial Divide

by Dick Lehr


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The Fence: A Police Cover-up Along Boston's Racial Divide by Dick Lehr

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 aftermath-and exposes the lies and injustice hidden behind a "blue wall of silence."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060780999
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/15/2010
Pages: 383
Sales rank: 791,061
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

As a reporter for nearly two decades for the Boston Globe, Dick Lehr won numerous journalism awards and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. A professor of journalism at Boston University, he is coauthor of the Edgar Award-winning Black Mass, the Edgar Award finalist Judgment Ridge, and The Underboss. He lives near Boston with his wife and four children.

Table of Contents

The Cast of Characters xiii

Map of Boston xv

Prologue: January 25, 1995 1

Part 1 Two cops and a Drug Dealer

1 Mike Cox 7

2 Robert "Smut" Brown 29

3 Kenny Conley 45

4 The Troubled Boston PD 64

5 Mike's Early Police Career 78

6 Closing Time at the Cortee's 93

7 The Murder and the Chase 102

8 The Dead End 123

Part 2 True Blue

9 "8-Boy" 139

10 No Official Complaint 158

11 Can I Talk to My Lawyer? 176

12 Dave, I Know You Know Something 197

13 Cox v. Boston Police Department 213

Part 3 Justice Denied, Then the Trial

14 The White Guy at the Fence 227

15 The Perjury Trap 248

16 A Federal Miscarriage of Justice 260

17 On His Own 272

18 The Trial 293

Epilogue 321

Acknowledgments 331

Author's Note on Sources 335

Notes 337

Appendix A Court Cases 361

Appendix B Books; Articles and Special Reports 363

Appendix C Boston Police Department Rules and Regulations

Boston Police Department Internal Investigations

Boston Police Department Labor Arbitration Proceedings

Suffolk County District Attorney's Office

United States Attorney's Office, District of Massachusetts 365

Index 369

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Fence: A Police Cover-Up Along Boston's Racial Divide 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a good read... keeps you on the edge of your seat... Shows the ugly truth of a police cover-up .. must read
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