On Wednesday, the trial of Baltimore police officer William Porter ended in a hung jury. Porter was accused of four charges including manslaughter in the case of Freddie Gray, a black man from Baltimore who ended up dying in April of wounds inflicted during his arrest.
William Porter was the first of six officers in the case to go to court. Porter is a black man. The jury could not agree on any of the four counts against him.
That uncertainty — and the fact that these questions of police brutality and racism are not so black and white — is one of the central issues in All American Boys, a new young adult novel co-written by one black and one white author.
All American Boys is told from two perspectives: Rashad, a black high school student who is wrongly beaten by a white police officer, and Quinn, a white classmate who witnesses the beating.
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