The Glass Shield

Synopsis: J.J. is a rookie in the Sheriff's Department and the first black officer at that station. Racial tensions run high in the department as some of J.J.'s fellow officers resent his presence. His only real friend is the other new trooper, the first female officer to work there, who also suffers similar discrimination in the otherwise all-white-male work environment. When J.J. becomes increasingly aware of police corruption during the murder trial of Teddy Woods, who he helped to arrest, he faces difficult decisions and puts himself into great personal danger in the service of justice.
Genre: Crime, Drama
Director(s): Charles Burnett
Production: Miramax
  1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
109 min

John Johnson, report

to Edgemar Station in dress uniform.

Lucky you.

You're about to make history.

Hey, Can't you read?

It says "Employees only,"

- I am an employee,

- No, it don't mean trustees,

Your lives are at stake,

so pay attention.

Your number-one responsibility

out there is to stay alive

and protect the lives of your partners,

Now, on a brighter note,

Bush has decided to finally

get rid of that rice-burnin' piece of crap

and ride American,

Thank you, Chuck,

Good morning, gentlemen,

I'd like to introduce to you John Johnson,

fresh out of the academy,

and he's been assigned to,

uh, to join us,

- Meet some of the boys,

- OK,

- Deputy Bono,

- Hey,

- Jim Ryan, Pleasure,

- Jim, how ya doin'? Good to meet you,

- Smith, Deputy Bush,

- Yeah, we met in the parking lot,

- Right,

- Detective Baker back here, my right arm,

- Just call me Gene, I've gotta roll,

- Gene, good to meet you,

- Chuck, This is Chuck Gilmore,

- Hey, Chuck,

He's been assigned to show you the ropes,

so to speak, You'll ride with him,

- OK,

- Bring your Dramamine, kid,

These guys are all workin' overtime

just to keep up,

- Huh, Do you two know each other?

- No,

- I'm Foster,

- John Johnson,

- Nice to meet you, Welcome aboard,

- Thanks, Good to be here,

Look, Larry, it isn't going to work,

You know we don't have the money,

- Officer Deborah Fields,

- John Johnson, Good to meet you,

- How you doin'?

- I'm all right,


I don't know what to say

except, um,,,

this is your job, not mine,

- I suggest you come up with some ideas,

- We'll see ya,

- Good luck,

- OK,

Thanks a lot,

- Well...

- Well...

- Good, Thanks a lot,

- Thank you,

Did you know you were traveling

well over the speed limit, ma'am?

Officer, my speedometer's broken,

I had no idea how fast I was going,

And besides,

what's a handsome man like you doing

hiding in bushes,

trying to trap single young women?

Well, ma'am,

it's times like these, I hate who I am,

You have a nice day, ma'am,

Drive safely,

Ohh, Mmm!

- Why didn't you write her?

- Oh, man, she was,,, she was nice,

"Nice," Get in,


Get in the car! Now!

Back me up,

Keep both of your hands

on the wheel, ma'am,

License and registration, please,

She will be late for work now,

Stay in your car, lady,

I guess this makes you feel

like a big man,

Press firmly,

There's three copies, ma'am,

- You have a nice day,

- Yeah, right,

They can be ugly as sin

or they can look like Miss America,

In this station, once you stop 'em,

you write 'em or you cuff 'em,

Leave your hormones

out of it, young blood,

'cause while you're daydreamin'

about some good-Iookin' skirt,

you will get your head blown off,

Don't trust anybody,

We're here bridging two communities

with common troubles,

Now, in both cases,

there have been coroner findings

that absolutely contradict

the sheriff's report,

All these young men

who died while in police custody

had no prior criminal records,

And this kind of police policy

says a lot about these times,

Now I'd like for

Mr, and Mrs, Ernie Marshall,

whose son died while in custody

inside the sheriff's station,

to talk to you,

Why do you persist in this when there was

not enough evidence to bring charges?

I'm going by physical evidence,

The coroner's report said that

my son died at the hands of another,

Surely that means

he did not hang himself,

Easy, sister, It's all right,

- I'm gonna go check on the neighborhood,

- All right,

J, J,, get rid of that piece of junk

and get you a real car,

I'm tired of this,

I can't keep doin' this every morning,

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