Author Talk & Signing with Wayne Reid & Judge Charles Gill - Death by Cop: A Call for Unity

The Hickory Stick Bookshop will host a discussion and signing with Wayne Reid and Judge Charles Gill, authors of the book Death by Cop: A Call for Unity! (Lioncrest Publishing, $14.99) on Sunday, February 16th at 2pm.

Forty-one seconds.

That's how long Officer Scott Smith and Franklyn Reid knew each other before Reid ended up dead with a bullet in his back, shot in broad daylight by Smith.

Turn on the news today and you'll likely see a story just like this one. Details might differ, but we're always left with the same question:

How can we reduce--and eventually eliminate--unwarranted police civilian shootings?

In 1998, Wayne Reid's life was changed forever when his brother Franklyn was killed. Now, Wayne is honoring his brother's memory by calling for an end to the bloodshed.

In Death by Cop: A Call for Unity, Wayne shares the full, unfiltered story of his brother's case. Offering unparalleled insight into the legal process is Judge Charles D. Gill, who presided over the trial. Together, the duo present the emotional struggle both families (victim and officer) endured, and highlight the courageous acts of all involved.

An unexpected book with an uplifting message, Death by Cop will change perceptions around police shootings and offer courage to others to tell their personal stories.

Wayne Reid attended the University of Scranton and received a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting. After considering multiple career paths, ranging from professional wrestler to the military, he is currently pursuing a career in finance as an assistant controller for a global PR agency headquartered in New York City.

When not crunching numbers, Wayne enjoys challenging himself through physical training. He inspires office colleagues to join in by leading outdoor fitness training sessions each spring and organizing groups to attend vigorous obstacle course races. Wayne considers this a fun (and muddy) way to encourage team building among his coworkers.

Wayne wrote an essay for his firm’s PN Perspectives: We Stand for Love campaign. He previewed his message of unity and felt encouraged by its overwhelmingly positive reception.

Connecticut Superior Court Judge Charles D. Gill is a tireless advocate for the rights of children. Married to Joan Gill and the father of three, he began his career as a neighborhood legal service lawyer, perhaps the first in the United States. A constant mentor to minorities, he has partnered with Big Brothers and Big Sisters and lends a helping hand to those in need. He has been honored by President George H. W. Bush in the Oval Office, President Bill Clinton in the Rose Garden, has testified in Congress, and was a consultant to the US Department of Justice.

Judge Gill has been invited to share his knowledge and perspective at speaking engagements in over forty states, Canada, Europe, Asia, and the United Nations General Assembly, where he received an award from the International Earth Day Committee.

Additionally, he has made guest appearances on NPR and numerous nationally syndicated television programs such as 20/20 and Good Morning America. A highlight of Judge Gill’s life was his debate with Janet Reno, attorney general of the United States, on Ted Koppel’s Nightline, regarding the fate of the Cuban boy, Elian Gonzalez.



This event is free and open to the public.  If you are unable to attend this event, you may reserve a signed copy of Death by Cop: A Call for Unity! by calling The Hickory Stick Bookshop at (860) 868 0525. For further information about this event please visit or email


Event date: 
Sunday, February 16, 2020 - 2:00pm
Event address: 
2 Green Hill Road
Washington Depot, CT 06794
Death By Cop: A Call for Unity! Cover Image
ISBN: 9781544505978
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Lioncrest Publishing - January 14th, 2020

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