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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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!
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.