Kevin Maxwell Kevin Maxwell was a dream candidate for the police force - he had a desire to serve his community and an aptitude for the strategic and practical aspects of the job. And, as a gay black man from a working class family, he might have been a poster boy for the force's commitment to equal opportunities. Joining after the 9/11 attacks, Maxwell entered policing determined to keep communities safe. Instead he came up against entrenched prejudice, open racism and homophobia. Forced Out combines deeply affecting memoir, an insider perspective on day-to-day life in the force and sharp analysis of what needs to change. Chaired by Jacqui Hodgson Book now We would like to reassure you that Hexham Book Festival events will be delivered with your safety in mind, and in full accordance with Government guidelines available at the time.