The Bravado of Racism, Sexism and Personal Growth

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Francis Green Jr. pens new law enforcement fiction, “Lions Behind the Shields”

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the most aggressive members who hide behind their badges as they wreak havoc on their communities

“I believe I have a story to tell,” explains author Francis Green Jr. “I believe my experiences have allowed me to see the world from the perspective of a law enforcement officer and from that position I have witnessed the good, the bad and the not so pretty actions of some public servants.” Green utilizes his years of experience penning his new novel, “Lions behind the Shields : Bravado of Deceit, Anger, Sexism, and Racism” (published by iUniverse).

When asked about his book’s theme, Green responded, “The overall theme is that policing attracts, is populated with, and to some degree protects some of the most aggressive members who hide behind their badges as they wreak havoc on their communities.”

Louisianan Frank Grima is only 10 years old when he has his first encounter with a white policeman. Shocked at the anger the officer displays simply because Frank is of another color, he runs home to his mama, who makes him faithfully promise that he will always obey the law. Eleven years later, Frank joins the Acadian City police force young, naïve and hungry for knowledge. It is Aug. 28, 1970, and Frank knows he has no choice but to strive for excellence. His life depends on it.

Vietnam veteran Peter Hillman is hired the same day as Frank. Although he has good intentions of rendering justice and making a difference in his community, Peter carries psychological baggage that has the potential to greatly impact his career. As the two recruits begin protecting and serving, they soon learn that racism, anger and cynicism is prevalent among the ranks.

In this compelling tale inspired by a number of true events experienced by Green during his career, police officers labor to render good – and sometimes appalling wrongs – onto the citizens of Acadian City, and eventually discover that there will always be lost lions behind the badges.

About the Author
Francis Green Jr. earned a master of arts degree from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (ULL). The retired law enforcement officer is currently an adjunct instructor in the criminal justice department at ULL, where he first started teaching in 1983. He and his wife, Lorena, have two sons and live in Lafayette, La.

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