Detectives Briscoe and Logan investigate a hit and run accident that killed a young African-American boy. The case quickly takes on racial overtones when several witnesses identify the driver as a Jew. Before the detectives get too far into the case the driver, Joshua Berger, turns himself in insisting it was an accident. The traffic bureau confirms that, based on all of the evidence at the scene, Berger was not driving fast and did his best to try and avoid hitting the boy. Berger is not charged which outrages the black community and one of its leaders, Reverend Ott. It leads to a riot where a white man is pulled from his car and beaten to death in front of his wife. Using videotape the police the police identify the main assailant but he claims asylum in a local church.
Did You Know?
Shambala Green says that she plans to argue the matter of a church being a refuge from arrest in front of the Circuit Court, the Appellate Division, the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court. However the Appellate Division and the Court of Appeals are one and the same, they are just two different names for the same court which is also commonly referred to as the Appellate Court. In some states and countries it is called the Appellate Division and in others the Court of Appeals. It is the second highest court in the United States when it comes to hearing appeals, when a ruling by a Circuit Court judge or jury verdict is appealed the case goes to the Appellate Court where a determination is made on whether or not the Circuit Court's finding were proper and constitutional. If the appeal is on a jury verdict in a Circuit Court and the Appellate judges rule in favor of the defense then the defendant is granted a new trial. 98% of all appeals are decided in the Appellate Court and end there, the only court that is higher than the Appellate Court and has the authority to overrule them is the Supreme Court, however it is rare for the Supreme Court to overrule an Appellate Court ruling, only 2% of appeals are chosen to be reviewed by the Supreme Court. See more
[to Joshua Berger
You're scared of blacks. Isn't that right, Mr. Berger?
I am not a racist.
You're not only scared of them, you hate them. Isn't that true?
Look, any middle-aged white person: Jew, Baptist, atheist, whatever, who says that he's not frightened, no, make that terrified to find himself alone on a city street, being followed by two or three black teenagers, is a liar.