Topic is the criminally good streaming service from Kino Lorber and First Look Entertainment for thrillers, mysteries, dramas and documentaries from around the world, serving viewers who crave entertainment beyond the mainstream. Whether it’s a Nordic-noir crime thriller (The Killing), an Italian supernatural drama (Christian), or a haunting true crime docu-series from the UK (The Missing Children), Topic expands your view of the world.
In season one, we meet a vastly diverse group of people, from a comedian to a gymnast, who have even more diverse run-ins with the law. Anyone can get stopped by cops, but what happens next largely depends on some pretty unfair factors.
Her boyfriend beat her up, but she went to jail. Despite his abuse, Shawnda Chapman Brown didn’t want to press charges against him, an undocumented immigrant. The system must be broken if the only other option was sending her to jail.
When comedian and carpenter Jordan Jensen was pulled over, the officer found a mighty suspicious combo of items in her car: an axe, wigs, red paint, and syringes. So how did she get off so easy? She made him laugh.
Graffiti artist Lee Trice was arrested when cops mistook him for his friend, notorious NYC tagger Dick Chicken. After Lee refused to snitch, officers offered him a Big Mac and told him, “You’re about to go to hell,” aka central booking.
Kevin Richards met his crush at a party, but not in the way he wanted. When she arrived, he was already in cuffs—and in tears—for trying to save the party from aggressive cops. Being the party hero didn’t exactly make him look like Prince Charming.
How does an innocuous driving offense lead to having three encounters with the cops, your car being completely torn apart for nothing, and not even a single apology? Was it thorough policing or just plain harassment?
Max was protesting police brutality when he was tackled to the ground by officers in riot gear. The moment was captured and became a widely used photo of resistance. He was immortalized, but he has no memory of it because of his head injury.
When a heroin addict describes withdrawal as “the flu times a million,” the last thing he needs is an arrest interrupting his doping routine. He can either get his fix somehow or have the worst night of his life.
Coss Marte recounts his life as an NYC drug dealer, laughs at his old business name (Happy Endings), and describes his arrest. After doing seven years, he founded CONBODY, a gym that hires formerly incarcerated individuals to teach fitness.