Beware corrupt cops and the KKK
HOLLYWOOD star Jamie Foxx is working on a major TV series based on this brutally believable crime thriller.
In 1948 the mayor of Atlanta, Georgia, appears to banish racial segregation by appointingthefirstblack police officers. There are eight of them, and their beat is strictly the area white cops sneeringly call ‘Darktown.’ Preacher’s son Lucius Boggs is just out of war service and proud to wear his new uniform. But, he’s frustrated because black officers, like he and partner Tommy Smith, are not allowed to arrest white suspects or to even visit police headquarters. Theywork outofadampbasementbeneath the YMCA. Then things take a dangerous turn when Boggs and Smith stumble on the murder of a black girl they had earlier seen in a car with a white driver. Against orders they investigate. Thetrail leads themto corruptcopswithlinkstotheKu KluxKlan. Thedeeper Boggs and Smith dig, t he murkier things get. Then a disillusioned young white officer called Rakestraw decides to help them bring down the bad guys in blue. Mullen writes with punch and poweraboutasubjectthat still shames the US. Review by Alex Gordon. Which film was about racism in Mississippi? Entries to Alex Gordon, Darktown competition by September 29.