A Crooked Cop, An Innocent Man, and An Unlikely Journey of Forgiveness and Friendship

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Jameel McGee: " For the next three years not a day went by that I didn't think about my son who I had never seen and the cop who had kept me from him. And for most of those three years I promised myself that if I ever saw this cop again, I was going to kill him. I intended to keep that promise."

Andrew Collins: "I watched this angry man march through a crowd, a little boy and another man struggling to keep up with him....The man walked straight up to me, stopped, and stuck out his hand. I took it. "Remember me?" he asked in a tone that sounded more like a threat than a question.
Somehow, a name came to me. 'Jameel McGee,' I replied."

It reads like a gripping crime novel...except this story really happened.

Racial tensions had long simmered in Benton Harbor, a small city on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan, before the day a white narcotics officer--more focused on arrests than justice--set his sights on an innocent black man. But when officer Andrew Collins framed Jameel McGee for possession of crack cocaine, the surprising result was not a race riot but a transformative journey for both men.

Falsely convicted, McGee spent three years in federal prison. Collins also went to prison a few years later for falsifying police reports. While behind bars, the faith of both men deepened. But the story took its most unexpected turn once they were released--when their lives collided again in a moment brimming with mistrust and anger. The two were on a collision course--not to violence--but forgiveness.

As current as today's headlines, this explosive true story reveals how these radically conflicted men chose to let go of fear and a thirst for revenge to pursue reconciliation for themselves, their community, and our racially divided nation.
Publisher: Colorado Springs, CO : WaterBrook, 2017.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780735290723
Branch Call Number: 234.5 MCG
Characteristics: x, 213 pages ; 25 cm


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Sep 25, 2017

This is a well written book that goes back and forth between the two main characters - a crooked cop and a man that he sent to prison. I found it very easy to read and enjoyed the story overall. It is based on a true story. Forgiveness is something that we know that we should do but that doesn't come easy for us. This story shows true forgiveness and renewal - God's forgiveness and man's forgiveness. Check it out!


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