A deputy sheriff read Brand of Justice and was very disturbed by the story. I got the feeling, though he didn't say it, that he did not like how the police officers were portrayed. I was involved in law enforcement for 30+ years and can assure you. The Reader. That I stand by every word in the story. Nobodies perfect. Cops are somebody. Thus, no cop is perfect. If you find that upsetting, so be it. Brand of Justice will make you think. Brand of Justice should open up avenues for communication with your kids. They need to know. This stuff can and does happen. The following is from a Captain who tackled Brand of Justice. I used stars only to block out spoilers.
Man you ask a lot of question that have lots of answers. Some RIGHT AND SOME LEFT.
Was Rogers a bad fellow? Yes & No. In a small town beating of a woman can be a very bad thing in Public Opinion, but in the big city on a Saturday night, in the ghetto, that is going on all the time and it does not even make it to the blotter.
Did *** kill him or was it more of an accident? If he did not mean to kill then I guess you overlook the wording prior to the event. Was he only going to scare him? No way can you scare a drunk. 99% of the time a real drunk, one that has been at it for many years will strike out or back. How in the world could it be an accident? I believe the intent to bodily harm was present. Holding a knife to the throat is no accident. Most juries would convict on this point.
Could he have called 911? Sure, but as I have read in many news stories that does not happen, because he knew he was guilty. Don't give me that bullshit he was still in shock over the event that it never occurred to him to call for help. Anyone that had hunting experience KNOWS when an animal is dead and beyond saving.
Were the cops 'bad' guys or did they just goof up a little? Bad apples in every bunch and one's that see advantages in all thing around them. I have been in many positions where I was assigned a job and had no training or all I got was OJT or AOJ and learned that is the WAY WE ALWAYS DO THINGS. Or I have heard remarks from investigators "SLAM, DUNK and lets head for the barn." They never even took a whole series of photos of the crime scene. "First Impressions" was the call. The reason I helped form Fire Investigation Team in the Fire Department to work on fires taking that involvement away from the PD. What else could *** have done to get out of this mess? Plan the killing to look a little more like the other killings. Car Accident would have been better or maybe beat the living fuck out of the guy and hope the cops did not come after him.