Sgt. Greevey and Det. Logan investigate the rape of 16 year-old African-American girl, Astrea Crawford, who was found in a pile of garbage. It take a few minutes to get her to say anything but she eventually tells them that she was attacked by two white policemen. The girl had been missing from home for 3 days and the police soon find themselves up against Congressman Ronald Eaton, a civil rights activist with a penchant to go to the media at every opportunity. The family refuses to cooperate with the police and Eaton grants the girl sanctuary in a former church. With tensions rising, ADA Stone takes over the case but concludes Eaton doesn't want them to solve it. He also begins to doubt the girl was ever raped in the first place. Written by
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based on the Tawana Brawley case. In 1987, at age 15, in the small town of Wappingers Falls Tawana Brawley, a teenage African American girl from upstate New York was found beaten, her clothes tattered, and racial epithets written all over her body. She stated that she had been raped, despite there being no DNA evidence. She then received national media attention in the US for accusing six prominent white men from her town, including police officers of gang rape. After hearing evidence, a grand jury concluded in October 1988 that Brawley had not been the victim of a forcible sexual assault and that she herself may have created the appearance of an attack. It was inevitably revealed that the whole thing had been a hoax, however Brawley's family has maintained that the allegations were true. See more
What's that supposed to mean?
It means I wonder just how much fuel this fire can take.
She's the victim, we're treating her like a suspect.