There's a scene in "The Blood is at the Doorstep" where Maria Hamilton, whose son Dontre Hamilton was killed by a Milwaukee police officer, stands in a church pulpit and gives a passionate declaration about her son.
"God gave me a child that was uniquely made and he's gone to rest now with the same God that created him. It's an illness. It's nothing to be afraid of, it's nothing to run from, it's nothing that anybody should die for," Maria states.
Her words are straightforward and the message clear but the relationship between law enforcement and African-Americans with mental illness is a complex issue compounded by racist policing tactics already affecting urban communities.
The film's world premiere at SXSW this year put the story of an avoidable police shooting on a national platform during a time when social activism is growing across this country.
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