Police departments in the United States and Britain have come under scrutiny for alleged racism. According to reports by the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) 6% of black Americans were likely to be pulled over, more than any other race.
In terms of deaths caused by gun violence, more white people (over 29,600) die compared to black people (over 14,300). After the death of George Floyd in 2020, the Black Lives Matter movement called for race reforms.
The film industry has since rolled out a few movies that show the experience of black Americans. Black Cop is one such movie. In this article, we’ll examine this movie.
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Black Cop Movie
Ronnie Row is the lead character. His job alienates him. At work, he’s distrusted, and the black community see him as a traitor. They don’t hesitate to show him their displeasure during the Black Lives Matter movement rallies. Ronnie isn’t moved and sticks to the job.
However, one day while out of work, he gets stopped by police officers and like most black people, is treated badly. Ronnie becomes resentful and uses his position as a way of exacting revenge.
He takes on a white police officer harassing young black men. Ronnie strangles him until he passes out. He goes on to wrestle a white man jogging and a couple. All this is captured on his body cam and shown like the clips we see in real life on social media.
During the film, we hear commentaries about the situation that unfolded. Director Cory Bowles challenges our perceptions of brutality. Does it change based on the color of someone’s skin?
It’s a film that addresses a systemic issue and, in a satirical way, captures the pain of police brutality.
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Ronnie Rowe on Black Cop
Speaking to Novella Magazine about working on Black Cop, Ronnie Rowe shared how he got involved in the film. His director Cory Bowles whom he’d worked with before invited him to look at the script and then settled on him to play the lead character.
“I’ve worked with Cory Bowles (director) before and he always told me that we were going to work together again.”
“It’s a dream come true to play the lead in a film that has life and a real story behind it. It’s something that I knew I was capable of and now I’m thankful for the opportunity to showcase that.”
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The movie premiered in 2017 at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) three years before the death of George Floyd led to some of the biggest protests across the United States. That said, the movie was still relevant as this is an issue that’s been going on for a long time.
In 2017, it was awarded the Best Canadian Film at the Vancouver International Film Festival.
In 2018, Black Cop won the John Dunning Discovery Award at the 6th Canadian Screen Awards.
Have you watched Black Cop? What do you think about it?
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