Wilkes is "Cornbread," a promising highschool basketballer who has what it takes to shoot himself right out of the ghetto -- until two cops mistake him for a rapist and gun him down in cold blood. But when the police attempt to cover up their mistake, strong-arming the community into silence with threats of jail time and violence, it's up to Cornbread's 11-year-old brother Wilford (Laurence Fishburne) and his pal Earl (Tierre Turner) to find the courage to speak the truth and clear Cornbread's name.
This early commentary on the practice of racial profiling features one of the earliest performances by the young Laurence Fishburne, in a heartrending story of a talented young black athlete who is gunned down by police after being mistaken for a violent crook. After his murder, his parents struggle to clear their son's name in the face of a police cover-up.
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