Richard "White Boy Rick" Wershe Jr., now 44, was convicted as a teen of cocaine trafficking in Detroit in 1988 and is serving a life sentence. As a teen, he was an FBI and Detroit Police informant. In the early 1990s, while behind bars, he was instrumental in helping the FBI create a sting that netted corrupt Detroit and suburban cops.
At Deadline Detroit's request, Wershe mailed a review via mail of AMC's new Detroit cop show, "Low Winter Sun."
By Richard Wershe Jr.
"Low Winter Sun" is a well-cast cop drama, and if you didn’t know better, you’d think the writers pulled some scenes right out of old Detroit Police case files. But let’s remember this is a fiction-based drama shot right here in the iconic Motor City.
Nevertheless, the writers nail it when it comes to police corruption. With DPD, cops on the take, the cover-ups, the lies and police brutality and dirty cops trying to cover up their own crimes by pinning them on the very people society would like to believe are the only ones who commit crimes.
SImply said, if you haven’t watched the show yet, give it a try and you’ll be hooked.
The writers take you on a ride through the Motor City you’ll never forget. They show you the gritty underworld that most people don’t know exists. You’ll see every type of crime from the Greek Godfather to the blacks who grew up and claim to be doing some good with ill-gotten gains, to the white-trash white boys, who have a little crew of their own, who are trying to get a piece of the pie and what they think is the American dream.
Plus, there’s the few dirty cops who seem to think they’re smarter than all the other cops. But I can assure you they’re not. And as "Low Winter Sun" goes on, I’m betting the dirty cops come crashing down. Just as the writers have nailed every other part of the cop and crimes in Detroit, I’m sure they’ll get this part as well.
Let’s hope "Low Winter Sun" has a long successful run in our city, and that more producers and writers bring their shows to Detroit to help bring it back to the thriving city it once was.
Without corruption, the Motor City will bounce back with the help from hometown boys coming home like DPD’s new Chief James Craig and many others who truly care about bringing the Motor City back to its glory days.