It’s the 11th of August, 1991 in Fayetteville, North Carolina and a simple trip to a convenience store is about to go horribly wrong for a former Fort Bragg soldier. An unprovoked confrontation results in a near fatal stabbing. Law enforcement arrives quickly and an abundance of witnesses make justice seem a foregone conclusion.
But when a detective visits on the evening before discharge from a 10-day hospital stay, expectations for justice begin to wane – that’s not the way it happens in movies and forensics shows. Weeks later, classes resume at the local community college and a cover story of illness to explain weight loss and missed time is roundly accepted. After all, no newspaper or television report would exist to suggest otherwise. This memoir is an unsettling examination of racism and police indifference in America.