Kevin Maxwell

Kevin Maxwell

Forced Out: A Detective’s Story of Prejudice and Resilience

Festival of Ideas Online/
Wed 21 October 2020

Crowdcast

Kevin Maxwell

Forced Out: A Detective’s Story of Prejudice and Resilience

Kevin Maxwell
Wed 21 October 2020,

Crowdcast

This is a Festival of Ideas Online event and will take place on our Crowdcast platform. You can find out more about how this works in our blog.

Kevin Maxwell served as a detective in both the Greater Manchester and London’s Metropolitan Police forces. He was a dream candidate – he had a long-held desire to serve his community, a strong moral compass and a clear aptitude for both the strategic and practical aspects of policing. As a gay black man from a working-class family, he could easily have been a poster boy for the force’s stated commitment to equal opportunities. Joining just after the 9/11 attacks, he entered policing determined to keep communities safe in the face of a changing world. But instead he came up against entrenched prejudice, open racism and homophobia. For more than ten years, he strove against the odds, until he took the force to an employment tribunal – with devastating results.

Maxwell offers a fascinating insider perspective on day-to-day life in the force, painting a sobering portrait of an institution that has not yet learned the lessons of the past and whose prejudice is informing the cases it chooses to investigate and the way it investigates them. And he asks the important question: what needs to change?

Forced Out  is published by Granta. Buy a copy from our bookseller partner Waterstones.

Forced Out

This event is part of our #BlackHistoryMonth season of events and discussions.

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