In May 2000, a tourist from Georgia was shot and killed by a black assailant in Jacksonville, FL. The police picked up the first black “suspect” who happened to be available. This Oscar-winner documents one of the more appalling miscarriages of justice in recent American history.
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Does it matter this is a clunky documentary? Just to have those cameras in the courtroom seems enough, whether as scribe for our historic injustices or a chance to prove we can get it right. The camera is not impartial but that's also vindicated; some issues demand more than neutrality. We've seen this before but it's always essential, and at least in Ann and Patrick we get compelling heroes this time.
Such an intense critique on the American police system, wow. It is always clear which side the De Lestrade chose. This, however, didn't take away any of the tension. I was gripped from the opening statement to the verdict. Must watch!