Convicted

A Crooked Cop, an Innocent Man, and an Unlikely Journey of Forgivenessand Friendship

by Jameel McGee and Andrew Collins with Mark Tabb

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.


Recent Reviews

Convicted

Shannon Hearne

4.5 Stars

Convicted: A Crooked Cop, an Innocent Man, and an Unlikely Journey of Forgiveness and Friendship by Jameel McGee is the true account of two men who found faith while in prison for their crimes. I am very…

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Convicted

Shannon Hearne

4.5 Stars

Convicted: A Crooked Cop, an Innocent Man, and an Unlikely Journey of Forgiveness and Friendship by Jameel McGee is the true account of two men who found faith while in prison for their crimes. I am very…

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Book review

Lakesha Foster

4 Stars

I liked this book. The author talked about crime, and people get convicted. It was a very complicated story. Most people could be innocent or guilty of a crime. The innocent get the bad punishment worses the guilty people. However, people…

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The Power Of Forgiveness

Glenn Laitinen

5 Stars

This is quite the book!  A fast read (just over 200 pages) and true story that keeps your interest to the very last page.   Hard to put down; I read it in one sitting.  Wrongly convicted by a crooked and egotistical…

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Powerful Story of Forgiveness and Friendship

Jane Ahrens

5 Stars

This is a powerful story of forgiveness and friendship. Andrew Collins was a narcotics cop in Benton Harbor, Michigan. He cut corners, tampered with evidence and at times falsified information to get the arrests he was after.…

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