Closed Ranks [E–pub/E–book]
Clippings and unfortunately a paucity of court documents This case is newly pertinent in this era of BlackLivesMatter Foster Dickson s Closed Ranks is an intelligent methodical and thorough examination of the police killing of Bernard Whitehurst Jr an unarmed black man in Montgomery Alabama in the year 1975 Dickson helps us see not only the unnecessary tragedy of that moment but also the ugly and complex cover up by police and the toll each. Came known as the Whitehurst Case erupted when the complex cover up by police and the toll each. Came known as the Whitehurst Case erupted when the district attorney and the family's attorney each began to uncover facts that pointed to wrongdoing by the police igniting a year long controversy that resulted in the resignation or firing of police officers the police chief and the city's popular New South mayor However no one was ever convicted in Whitehurst's death and his family's civil lawsuit against the City of Montgomery failed Now than four decades later Whitehurst's widow and children are waging a 21st century effort to ain justice for the husband and father they lost The uestion that rema. This is an important book that looks back at a long overlooked police shooting scandal that looks back at a long overlooked police shooting scandal Montgomery Alabama in 1975 A white cop shot an innocent black man and police planted a Ready for Laughs A Treasury of Undersea Humor Spongebob Suarepants gun at the scene to support the officer s lie that the victim a poor father of four had fired first His family was never compensated and no police officer faced real comeuppance Author Dickson does aood job Of Pulling Together A Narrative pulling together a narrative interviews newspaper. On a chilly December afternoon in 1975 Bernard Whitehurst Jr a 33 year old father of four was mistaken for a robbery suspect by Montgomery Alabama police officers A brief foot chase ensued and it ended with one of the pursuing officers shooting and killing Whitehurst in the backyard of an abandoned house The officer claimed the fleeing man had fired at him; police produced a un "they said had been found near the body In the months that followed "said had been found near the body In the months that followed information showed that Whitehurst who was black was not only the wrong man but had been unarmed a direct contradiction of the white officer's statement What be. Took not only on S Family Which Was Devastating family which was devastating say the but also the toll taken on this deep South city What makes the book so compelling beyond the care with which it is written is how it ultimately moves beyond the scope of a specific time and place and helps us better understand the larger history of post scope of a specific time and place and helps us better understand the larger history of post rights America right down to our own troubled times where we can t seem to escape our past Highly recommende. Ins is who decides what justice looks like In this latter day exploration of the Whitehurst Case author Foster Dickson reviews one of Montgomery's never before told stories one which is riddled with incompatible narratives Closed Ranks brings together interviews police reports news stories and other records to carry the reader through the fraught post civil rights movement period when the unnecessary shooting of Bernard Whitehurst Jr occurred In our current time as police shootings regularly dominate news cycles this book shows how essential it is to find and face the truth in such deeply troubling matters. .