Author: Lawrence O’Donnell
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
On a rainy winter night, James Bowden, Jr. left his mother’s house in Roxbury after a visit. As he guided his Buick out of his parking spot, an unmarked police car suddenly blocked his path. Two undercover officers sprang out, running toward his car. Shots were fired, and Bowden slumped over the wheel. Moments later, he was pronounced dead on arrival at a nearby hospital. The police argued that they had fired in self-defense, claiming that Bowden was an armed robbery suspect and that after they had ordered him to stop, he had fired a shot at one of them. And multiple internal investigations by the Boston Police Department exonerated the officers involved.
But Patricia Bowden, James’s widow, knew better. “The truth will come out,” she said at her husband’s funeral. She sought a lawyer willing to take on the Boston Police Department and finally found one in Lawrence F. O’Donnell, the author’s father, a man whose past, unbeknownst to Patricia Bowden, made him the only man in town who could not refuse her case. O’Donnell embarked on a highly contentious three-year battle with the Boston Police Department to win justice for James Bowden.
More timely now than ever, Deadly Force is a powerful indictment of police misconduct, a reminder of this issue’s long, tortured history and of how far we still have to go.
Lawrence Francis O'Donnell Jr. is best known as the host of The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell. His first book, ‘Deadly Force' was first published in 1983 and later made into a film. He began his TV acting in 1999 where he was associated with the television series 'The West Wing’. He also acted in several series including Homeland.
O'Donnell, a Boston native, is the son of Frances Marie who is an office manager and Lawrence Francis O'Donnell Sr. an attorney. He graduated from Harvard College where he majored in economics. Rather than pursue a career in economics or law, he decided to become a writer.
He became engaged in politics in 1989. He worked as a senior advisor to Moynihan from 1989 to 1991 and as staff director of the United States Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works from 1992 to 1993, chaired by Senator Moynihan.
He was a staff director of the United States Senate Committee on Finance from 1993 to 1995, again under Senator Moynihan’s chairmanship. He is currently employed by MSNBC where he serves as host of one of its most successful politics and current events cable shows.
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