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Thorns on the Rose: Black Abuse, Corruption & the Pasadena Police is a look back over the past 40 years of relationships between the Pasadena Police Department and the Black community. From activist Michael Zinzun to activist Jasmine Richards-Abdullah, Pasadena has always had activists in the community and the Pasadena police have killed and abused dozens of Black men during that span with little to no consequences. Thorns on the  Rose will bring the viewer up to date to their latest kill in 2020.

Summary of Topic
Police brutality against Black men in the United States has been on the rise during the past two decades, reverting to the 1950s and 60s when Black abuse was at a high, not counting slavery. Pasadena, Ca is no different. The Tournament of Roses and the Rose Bowl stand as a camouflaged backdrop to a growing problem in the community, the death of Black men at the hands of the Pasadena Police Department.