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Netflix's True Crime Series Trial 4 Leaves Viewers ‘Enraged’

Netflix's True Crime Series Trial 4 Leaves Viewers ‘Enraged’

Earlier this month, Netflix debuted new true crime docu-series Trial 4, which tells the story of a man who claims he was wrongfully convicted of killing a Boston cop. The series follows him as he fights to prove his innocence once again, while exposing police corruption and systematic racism.

The eight-part series includes interviews with the accused, Sean K. Ellis, as he faces his fourth trial. He has been put on trial three times within the space of a year and he now faces a fourth trial which could see him back behind bars for the rest of his life.

Viewers who have already streamed the series have taken to Twitter to discuss the "mind-blowing" series.

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One man said: "I've always said cops lose all training and rationalisation when one of 'their own' gets murdered. They no longer become cops, they become a mob."

Trial 4 is an eight-part true-crime docu-series which is available to stream on Netflix right now
Trial 4 is an eight-part true-crime docu-series which is available to stream on Netflix right now

Another added: "It's hard to watch shows like #Trial4 but these stories need to be heard/seen."

A viewer wrote: "This Trial 4 documentary on Netflix about the wrongfully convicted Sean Ellis is infuriating. Absolutely disgusted at the corruption displayed by the Boston Police Department during this case, I always knew this city's racial tensions ran deep but this is unacceptable."

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Many viewers have also called Ellis's situation "infuriating" and discussed systematic racism. One viewer tweeted: "It's so sick how blatantly racists these cops are on here. It's absolutely infuriating".

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Whilst another said: "Could've happened to me on a night out in Brooklyn NYC" in response to the case.

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Some viewers also said the docu-series is a clear example of systematic racism from within the police force. A viewer stated: "If you want to watch a very good documentary showing a clear example of systemic racism on the part of police toward a young black man, watch Trial 4 on Netflix. I am several episodes in... and wow. Just, wow."

Another woman echoed similar sentiments. "The incompetencies and systemic racism that leads people to be wrongfully imprisoned is just so sad," she said.

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One person said: "Everyone needs to watch Trial 4 on Netflix. Really shows systematic racism and how much power the police have...really makes you think."



The Netflix synopsis for the series reads: "Charged as a teen in the 1993 killing of a Boston cop, Sean K. Ellis fights to prove his innocence while exposing police corruption and systematic racism."

Trial 4 is available to stream on Netflix now.

Featured Image Credit: Netflix

Topics: TV and Film, True Crime, TV Entertainment, Twitter, Netflix

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Gregory Robinson

Gregory is a journalist working for Tyla. After graduating with a master's degree in journalism, he has worked for both print and online publications and is particularly interested in TV, (pop) music and lifestyle. He loves Madonna, teen dramas from the 90s and prefers tea over coffee. Get in touch gregory.robinson@tyla.com