Nate has lived in Milwaukee since the age of 11 after moving from Gary, Indiana and has experienced first hand what it’s like growing up as a young black male in one of the most segregated cities in America. Despite his laid-back demeanor, Nate is focused on creating a better future for his family by building up his contracting company and taking night classes at a local community college. Despite a troubled past, Nate is motivated to become a leader once tragedy strikes and he is forced to be the voice of his family. Through trial and error, he learns to become an effective and creative force for change as he challenges a legal system stacked against his family, while simultaneously activating his community in a fight for justice. As his brother’s case wears on, he finds himself becoming a respected and sought after voice for the marginalized in Milwaukee.
Maria is the strong matriarch of the family who rarely minces words. However, in the wake of Dontre’s death she is despondent and hardly able to move for months. Running low on money, rest, and privacy, Maria struggles to cope with the loss of her son and eventually decides to form a support group for other mothers who have lost sons to police violence. Maria leads her group of Mothers all the way to a national “Million Moms March” on Washington D.C. and a meeting with White House officials. Eventually Maria finds herself on stage at the Democratic National Convention along with the mothers of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and Sandra Bland, in support of Hillary Clinton as she uses her platform to humanize this national tragedy in the hope preventing another mother from joining this tragic club of women.
Chief of Police Edward Flynn
As the film progresses, Flynn starts as an adversarial voice and evolves into a conflictingly complex character amid a mix of passionate tirades and impactful reform to his maligned department.