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Out of the Half-Light 

A young black girl claims to have been raped by white police officers. Police and Prosecutors struggle to get the truth after an ambitious black congressman claims the investigation is a racially-motivated cover-up.

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Congressman Ronald Eaton
Billie Neal ...
Angela Wilkes
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Lester Crawford (as Frankie R. Faison)
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Mrs. Thelma Crawford
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Astrea Crawford
Kelly Cinnante ...
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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 garykmcd

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Mike Logan: [interviewing Astria in the hospital] Astria, can you open your eyes?
[she shakes her head]
Mike Logan: I think you *can*, if you *try*.
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A big old fib
18 August 2017 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Young Kisha Miller is out late one night and she concocts a big old fib about not only being raped but gang raped by police officers. Shades of Tawana Brawley. Not only is this a lie, but a lot of people of people get caught up in a big racial conflict perpetrated at every opportunity by Representative J.A. Preston who has become the family "spokesperson".

How well I remember Tawana Brawley's gang of three who were her advisers. Attorneys C. Vernon Mason, Alton Maddox, and the Reverend Al Sharpton. When all the dust was settled Mason and Maddox were disbarred and Sharpton after a bit of quiet time became a civil rights leader. The canons of the law have some higher standards. I'll bet Mason and Maddox wish they had gone to seminary.

We never did learn exactly what went on with Tawana Brawley here we the viewer learn, but it's a negotiated settlement that everyone just back off including law enforcement.

Preston is a real piece of work. I wonder how much constituency service this man provides, real stuff like monies for his districts, bills passed, substantive things to benefit more than his own ego and ambition.

Richard Brooks is the key to all this calming of the waters. Watch the episode and see how.


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