Black and Blue
Inside the growing protest movement against police brutality
In 2011, six police officers in Fullerton, California, beat Kelly Thomas, a homeless schizophrenic man, so badly that he died of his injuries. Three years later, protests in Hollywood sparked after the officers were acquitted or had their charges dropped. Renowned filmmaker Dylan Avery attended the protest and, before he knew it, he was swept up into a world of grieving family members, retired police officers that now criticize the very system they used to serve, and civilians that have suffered brutality at the hands of those sworn to protect. Over the next two years, Avery followed multiple cases and developments that coincided with historic protests on the streets of Ferguson and Baltimore against institutionalized police racism and brutality.