|Michael Boatman||Johnny `'J.J.'` Johnson|
|Lori Petty||Dep. Deborah Fields|
|Ice Cube||Teddy Woods|
|M. Emmet Walsh||Hal|
|Don Harvey||Deputy Jack Bono|
|Sy Richardson||Mr. Taylor|
|Natalia Nogulich||Judge Helen Lewis|
Rookie cop J.J. is the first black officer in his squad. Befriending fellow outsider Deborah, J.J. has a tough time adjusting to the force's good-old-boy camaraderie. Initially turning a blind eye to hints of racism in order to fit in, J.J. find it harder to ignore the corruption when an illegal search leads to the arrest of Teddy Woods on questionable murder charges. As J.J. delves deeper into the case, he risks losing his job -- or his life.