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DELIBERATE INDIFFERENCE A Story of Racial Injustice and Murder

Swindle (Howard)

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ISBN 10: 0140233709 / ISBN 13: 9780140233704
Published by Penguin, 1994
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Softcover. On Christmas Day, 1987, a black man named Loyal Garner, Jr., drove down the wrong road in Hemphill, Texas and was pulled over by a white police chief. He was taken to jail, beaten unconscious, and hospitalised. The police chief called it "a good East Texas ass-whipping." The next of kin called it murder. The author, an award-winning journalist, tells the profoundly disturbing story of the ensuing investigation. It is a story not only of one man's murder, but of the poisoned heart of American racial injustice. Illus. epilogue + List of Characters. 316pp. trade size softcover. From the library of true crime writer, Wilfred Gregg, with his personal b/plate. F. with no creasing to covers. Bookseller Inventory # 16223

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Title: DELIBERATE INDIFFERENCE A Story of Racial ...

Publisher: Penguin

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Softcover / Paperback

Book Condition:Fine

Edition: First edition.

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On Christmas Day, 1987, a black man named Loyal Garner, Jr., drove down the wrong road in East Texas and was pulled over by a white police chief. He was taken to jail, beaten unconscious, and hospitalized - after officers came up with a cover story. Although witnesses swore that he was murdered, the policemen were summarily acquitted by a hometown jury. Only after prosecutors in another county wrested control of the case was justice served. In Deliberate Indifference an award-winning investigative journalist tells a true story that resembles a cross between the plot of Mississippi Burning and a frontline report from Daryl Gates's L.A. With a meticulous attention to detail, Howard Swindle extends his inquiry beyond Garner's murder to probe the poisoned heart of American racial injustice. Deliberate Indifference is a profoundly disturbing investigation of sanctioned murder and a miscarriage of justice that brings home hard truths about America's stubborn legacy of racism.


On Christmas Day, 1987, a law-abiding black man with a wife and six children went on what should have been a brief errand. He was stopped by a white police chief in a small Texas town near the Louisiana border, taken to jail, and beaten to death with a lead-filled blackjack. Award-winning journalist Howard Swindle, himself a Texan, draws on his personal knowledge to tell a spellbinding tale about the local law-enforcement and criminal-justice systems, both before and during this landmark case. "As if the 70-foot-tall pines were an impenetrable social barrier," Swindle writes, "Deep East Texas lies stagnant in a civil rights time warp, more forties and fifties than eighties and nineties." The New York Times praised "the author's compelling storytelling [that] enriches every page of this nonfiction thriller."

Also recommended: Swindle's Edgar-Award-nominated Trespasses: Portrait of a Serial Rapist.

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