Entertainment One has partnered with wrongful death trial attorney L. Chris Stewart on a docuseries about his pursuit of justice for George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Rayshard Brooks and other victims in high-profile cases of police brutality.
The true-crime series will take viewers into cases of wrongful death at the hands of police officers as Stewart pursues social change, often on behalf of the families of victims. Each episode will use archival, never-before-seen footage, interviews with family and friends of victims, witnesses and members of Stewart’s team, as well as Stewart’s own words, to chronicle politically charged cases of police brutality.
Burden of Justice is being overseen at eOne by Madison Merritt, executive vp development, unscripted television. Stewart, regarded as a top U.S. civil rights and injury trial lawyer, is an executive producer on the project.
Besides representing the families of George Floyd and Rayshard Brooks, Stewart was involved in the civil rights cases for Walter Scott, whose shooting in the back by a police officer was captured on video, Gregory Towns and Chase Sherman, and the pending case of Deaundre Phillips.
Stewart also represented the family of Alton Sterling, who was held down and killed by police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.