The first black recruit in his squad, rookie cop J.J. Johnson (Michael Boatman) struggles to adapt to life on the force when confronted by the inherent prejudices and corruption of his precinct. Immediately positioned as an outsider, along with fellow novice cop Deborah (Lori Petty), J.J witnesses at first hand the brutality and implicit racism of his Caucasian colleagues. When an unlawful search results in the arrest of Teddy Woods (Ice Cube) on dubious murder charges, J.J. risks his job and his life to reveal the truth. Directed by Charles Burnett (Killer of Sheep,... My Brother's Wedding), this thrilling drama shines a light on the deep-rooted racial tensions of the American justice system and the toll of opposing institutionalised bigotry. Extras/Episodes: Interview with director Charles Burnett Fully illustrated booklet [show more]
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Chris Burnett co-writes and directs this drama starring Michael Boatman, Lori Petty and Ice Cube. Rookie LAPD cop J.J. Johnson (Boatman) and his superior Deputy Deborah Fields (Petty) uncover a dangerous world of corruption when they realise an innocent man (Ice Cube) has been wrongly jailed for murder. The two officers come up against a test of their loyalty: should they say nothing and abide by the unwritten laws of the precinct, but deny their oaths to uphold the law; or speak out and face alienation from the force?