The dialogue, too, is knotty and quick-paced. This, on the other hand, seems appropriate in dealing with such impenetrable subject matter. Corthron—a Maryland native who wrote for "The Wire"—imagines police violence through the minds of frustrated cops, and, needless to say, there's little clarity there. But the cast handles the language like it's of their own mind. A crushing monologue delivered by Dece's father (Malcolm Anomnachi) following his participation in the fatal beating of a black boy offers a look into his motivations—a look, but no answers. Still reeling from the adrenaline, he traces his steps, his thoughts, swinging at the air, trying to make sense of his senseless rage: he sees no reward to his work; only the racism of his fellow squad members and the label of "traitor" bestowed on him by the black community.