Savage City-T.J. English

Savage City

T.J. English

Morrow, Mar 15 2011, $27.99

ISBN: 9780061824555

 

In 1963, on the same day that Reverend King presented his “I have a Dream”, in a Manhattan apartment, two white females were bound, raped, and brutally murdered.  Nineteen year old vision impaired black laborer George Whitmore is arrested for the gruesome homicides that the media calls the “Career Girl Murders”.  NYPD obtained a forced signed confession from Whitmore.  The convicted Whitmore spent the next decade trying to obtain justice from a system that refused to budge beyond locking away a scapegoat black male for a heinous crime against white females.

 

NYPD Bill Phillips was a second generation cop.  He was corrupt and caught by the Knapp Commission looking into alleged illegal activity by law enforcement before testifying in the early 1970s about a department overwhelmingly white, bias and dirty.  Many cops went to jail due in part to his testimony.  In 1975 he was convicted of murdering The Happy Hooker and her pimp and spent years behind bars.

 

Dhoruba Bin Wahad was a founding father of the Black Panther Party who spent years in prison.  He made enemies on both sides of the vast racial divide as rival Black groups including inside the Panthers and the white establishment through NYPD and the courts sought to silence him.  In 1973 he was convicted of attempted murder of two cops in his third trial.

 

This is a powerful historical account of a brutal dark period in which T.J. English shines a spotlight on a New York troubled by racial tension as police brutality became a household phrase while the cops faced urban guerilla warfare with no psychological or combat training.  The prime trio remains alive and free although each spent long period in jail; through them and their associates, Mr. English describes the Big Apple as rotten to the core.

 

Harriet Klausner

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