​Following the premiere of Thorns on the Rose: Black Abuse, Corruption & Pasadena Police last Friday a the San Francisco Black Film Festival, the filmmakers have been invited by two Pasadena churches to screen the film virtually and in-person on Sunday, June 27th.

Both presentations will include a screening of the film followed by “Talkback” with the filmmakers and impacted community members.

Virtual via Zoom
Sunday, June 27, 2021 230p to 430p
All Saints Church Racial Justice Ministry
Zoom Link https://fullerton.zoom.us/j/87252443949
More Info www.allsaints-pas.org/ministries/racial-justice-ministry

Sunday, June 27, 2021 6p to 8p
Pasadena Four Square Church
174 N. Harkness Ave. Pasadena, CA 91106

Reservations required $10 suggested donation
Proceeds from both screenings will benefit the Anthony McClain Social Justice Scholarship Fund. Thorns on the Rose: Black Abuse, Corruption & the Pasadena Police looks back over the past 40 years of relationships between the Pasadena Police Department and the Black community. From activist Michael Zinzun to advocates like My Tribe RIse, Andre Henry, and Loren Esprit, Pasadena has always had activists in the community. 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 most recent homicide in 2020.

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 a frequent occurrence. Generations of Black men of that era viewed Law Enforcement as contemporary “slave patrols.” Pasadena, Ca, is no different. The Tournament of Roses and America’s Stadium, the Rose Bowl stand as a camouflaged backdrop to a growing community problem. The death of Black men at the hands of the Pasadena Police Department has planted seeds that have germinated and blossomed into arrangements of mistrust and fear.

The 60-minute documentary is a gripping and emotionally charged expose that places viewers directly into the intensity and trauma experienced by impacted grieving families and communities. Featuring footage from critical incidents and featuring Civil Rights Attorney Ben Crump, Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon, and Pasadena Police Chief John Perez.​

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Two Showings Of The Critically Acclaimed Documentary Thorns on the Rose: Black Abuse Corruption & the Pasadena Police on Sunday, June 27th.

By Asha Smith, June 24, 2021