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We Own This City

We Own This City

ISBN
9780571356614
Published
25/02/2021
9780571356614
Format
Paperback
Price
£14.99
Paperback
352

About the Book

'Jaw-dropping... makes 'The Wire' look tame by comparison' Daily Telegraph

'Unputdownable ... fantastic and terrifying.' Nihal Arthanayake, RADIO 5

The astonishing true story of 'one of the most startling police corruption scandals in a generation' (The New York Times)

Baltimore, 2015. Riots were erupting across the city as citizens demanded justice for Freddie Gray, a twenty-five-year-old black man who died in police custody. At the same time, drug and violent crime were once again surging.

For years, Sgt Wayne Jenkins and his team of plain-clothed officers - the Gun Trace Task Force - were the city’s lauded and decorated heroes. But all the while they had been skimming from the drug busts they made, pocketing thousands in cash found in private homes and planting fake evidence to throw Internal Affairs off their scent. Because who would believe the dealers, the smugglers or people who had simply been going about their daily business over the word of the city's elite task force?

Now, in light of their spectacular trial of late 2018, and in a work of astounding reportage and painstaking self-discovery, Justin Fenton has pieced together a shocking story of systemic corruption.

'Jaw-dropping... makes 'The Wire' look tame by comparison' Daily Telegraph'Unputdownable ... fantastic and terrifying.' Nihal Arthanayake, RADIO 5The astonishing true story of 'one of the most startling police corruption scandals in a generation' (The New York Times)Baltimore, 2015. Riots were erupting across the city as citizens demanded justice for Freddie Gray, a twenty-five-year-old black man who died in police custody. At the same time, drug and violent crime were once again surging.For years, Sgt Wayne Jenkins and his team of plain-clothed officers - the Gun Trace Task Force - were the city’s lauded and decorated heroes. But all the while they had been skimming from the drug busts they made, pocketing thousands in cash found in private homes and planting fake evidence to throw Internal Affairs off their scent. Because who would believe the dealers, the smugglers or people who had simply been going about their daily business over the word of the city's elite task force?Now, in light of their spectacular trial of late 2018, and in a work of astounding reportage and painstaking self-discovery, Justin Fenton has pieced together a shocking story of systemic corruption.
  • Justin Fenton

    A crime reporter for the Baltimore Sun, Justin Fenton was part of the Pulitzer Prize finalist staff recognized for their coverage of the Baltimore riots that followed the death of Freddie Gray. We Own This City is his first book.

    Photo credit: Josh Sisk

“In We Own This City, Justin Fenton has produced a work of journalism that not only chronicles the rise and fall of a corrupt police unit, but can stand as the inevitable coda to the half-century of disaster that is the American drug war.”
- David Simon
“Jaw-dropping ... makes 'The Wire' look tame by comparison . . . the book is journalistic in the best sense, relaying complex information with exemplary clarity and telling the story at a hell of a lick, conveying its drama without recourse to camping or ramping.”
- Jake Kerridge, Daily Telegraph