Sadly, Black men being wrongly convicted is par for the course in Amerikkka.
In 1993, Sean Ellis was arrested and charged with murdering a police officer in racist-a$$ Boston. Ellis was a teenager when some cop named Officer Mulligan was killed and being a Black boy in the wrong place at the wrong time had dire consequences that he didn’t deserve. This case was so fraught with shenanigans and cover-ups that he went through, wait for it…THREE trials before a jury finally threw the book at him. Subsequently, Sean spent 22 years of his life in prison and now he wants to be fully exonerated for a crime that he did not commit.
There is no exculpatory evidence that can bring Sean some semblance of restitution and expose the crooked cops who plotted, planned, conspired, and colluded to pin Mulligans’ murder on an innocent Black body.
We all know how Boston gets down so it is VERY easy to believe that the city’s cops would use their badges to terrorize Sean or anyone who looks like him.
Press play to watch the story of Sean Ellis and the fourth trial that might just change his life forever.
Trail 4’s director Rémy Burkel, has worked on a number of films including Sin City Law, Oil For Fraud, and The Crime Scene but nothing has quite grabbed him like the story or Mr. Ellis. In a recent interview with Complex, Burkel shared why he was so compelled to bring Sean’s emotional journey to the big screen.
“What really grabbed us, what grabbed a lot of people’s attention from the start is that this is a horrific crime. A Boston police officer was shot five times in the face at point-blank while he was dozing in his SUV in front of a Walgreens in 1993. And it just pulls you in, the horrific crime and the way that suddenly this young man is pulled into this case having apparently nothing to do with it, he’s pulled in because he had two cousins who were murdered; two days after the police officer’s murdered, his two cousins were murdered about a mile away in their apartment. This guy is pulled into this case, he says he was at Walgreen’s the night of the murder buying Pampers, and then from there it just becomes weirder and weirder.”
Rémy shared that he and his team first reached out to Sean about the idea in 2017 and to see his transformation over the years was astounding.
“…You see pictures [of] when he was 19-years-old and suddenly I saw this very well-spoken, quiet, 43-year-old man at the time, with a very youthful face, very, very powerful. When you see him when he was a kid, he was like pencil-thin and suddenly he’s this broad-shouldered guy and he was impressive and very calm, very soft-spoken and very calm. For a man who spent 22 years in prison for a crime he says he didn’t do, that’s pretty amazing.”
Trial 4 will officially hit Netflix on November 11th. Will YOU be watching?