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And now a story from MSNBC host and author Lawrence O Donnell in this segment. You'll hear him talk about his nineteen Eighty-three book deadly force the true story of how a badge can become a licensed to kill which was released in June Lawrence tells how he came to find out about the unjust killing of James voting and the police cover up that followed how did his father the lawyer in the trial? No, it was a cover up. Plus what he learned from the police officer involved in the shooting. Ultimately admitted the truth I wrote the book in the nineteen eighties. And it was the first book about police use of deadly force in America and the problems associated with police use of deadly force America, the subject had been ignored up to that time. And in the last couple of years, we've seen it become a new subject in the news media as if it was suddenly born on that day in Ferguson, Missouri four years ago when Michael Brown's body was on the pavement for four. Hours, and it did change everything. The killing of Michael Brown changed everything about this subject. Not because of what happened to Michael Brown that day, but what happened in the community in the days afterwards. It had happened many times on our past. And so the wake-up that occurred for years ago with Michael Brown was a wake-up only two white America black America knew about this and had known about it forever. And they'd known about the unarmed black man being shot in the back by police. It was really white America that learned something new for years ago. And the reason I brought the book out again is I I wanted people to know this is not new that every element of the story that you see. And by the way, every element of a story that will occur sometime in the next hundred days about a police killing that people think is outrageous is described and was described in this book thirty five years ago. I don't believe that the story. I tell. Of this killing by Boston. Police in this cover up this criminal cover up by Boston police of that killing could happen again in Boston. But I do believe it could happen again in most cities in America. The current Boston. Police Commissioner will not allow any of the cover up stuff that took place in the old days in these kinds of cases. And so the department knows that and the and the investigators know that I mean, the things they did in this story. Just incredible. Like, destroying audio tapes, you know, and pointing a gun, and all this crazy stuff that a lot of people were involved a lot of people they destroyed the audiotape at police headquarters that night that recorded all nine one one call they destroyed that tape they destroyed the tape of a court proceeding in the local Roxbury district court because there was a witness testifying there who knew something about this. They destroyed that it was just incredible. What they didn't involve a lot of coordination that that's the part that I believe. Could not happen in the current Boston police department, but I promise you it can happen. Still all of that in most police departments around the country. And also looked the other reason why Boston wouldn't try to do this. Again, Boston police department is that the media would be all over them from the first second the news media in Boston did not care about the killing of James bowdoin story. I tell him this book Boston Globe didn't care. They just took the police story printed at walked away couldn't care less. Boston TV news was no one in the Boston news media that care about it..