It looks like Alyssa Diaz’s art will imitate life in the near future.
ABC’s police drama The Rookie, starring the 34-year-old part Colombian and Mexican actress, will address the issue of police brutality during its upcoming third season.
Show creator Alexi Hawley has brought in a number of experts to discuss the issues around policing in America in 2020, according to ABC Entertainment president Karey Burke.
“Alexi Hawley is a really thoughtful ally and partner and has been in the writers’ room for some time, already planning to address the current conversation going on around police work,” she tells Deadline.com. “I’m impressed with his thoughtfulness and leadership about hearing and adapting the current conversations to the storylines. It’s a diverse writers room and I’m hearing that the conversations going on in that room are inspired and give me hope that that show will address and not ignore the conversations around policing.”
In addition to Diaz, who portrays Angela Lopez, The Rookiealso stars Nathan Fillion as John Nolan, the oldest rookie in the LAPD, Mekia Cox, Richard T. Jones, Titus Makin, Melissa O’Neil and Eric Winter.
The series is produced by Entertainment One (eOne) and ABC Studios.
Diaz’s other television credits include Narcos: Mexico, Lethal Weapon, NCIS: Los Angeles and Ray Donovan.
J Balvin is among the Latino artists speaking out about police brutality in Latin America
As protests spread across the United States demanding racial justice following the death of George Floyd at the hands of police, the 35-year-old Colombian reggaeton singer and fellowLatin music artists are also breaking their silence on Anderson Arboleda, a young black man who recently died at the hands of police in Colombia.
On May 19, Arboleda, a 19-year-old man of Afro-descent, was allegedly beaten outside his home by local police officers for breaking the quarantine curfew.
He was reportedly hit multiple times on the head with a baton and tear-gassed, according to his mother Claudia Arboleda, reports El Tiempo. Arboleda, who aspired to become a soldier of the Military Police and sold face masks in his town, was pronounced dead due to brain death on May 20 at Valle del Lili clinic in Cali.
Arboleda’s story came to light in a tweet by ChocQuibTown’s Goyo (real name: Gloria Martinez), just days after a video of Floyd’s death surfaced showing police officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on the neck.
“Racism is when police murder a young negro in Puerto Tejada supposedly for failing to comply with the quarantine. And this isn’t reported by big media outlets. Is this not enough to outrage a country?”
In an Instagram post, J Balvins hared Arboleda’s story and publicly asked for justice. “One of the things that doesn’t let me sleep at night is injustice and that’s why I ask for Anderson Arboleda’s death to be investigated,” he expressed. “I raise a voice of protest and justice […] there is also racism here [in Colombia] and that is why I want to denounce it.”
El Tiempo reports that commander of the Cauca police, Colonel Rosemberg Novoa, is investigating the case.
Outside of the U.S., the recent death of Arboleda brings to the forefront the seriousness of police brutality and racism around the world.
In Mexico, activists and artists like Alejandro Fernandez and Salma Hayek, are also demanding justice for Giovanni Lopez, who was recently allegedly tortured and killed by police in Jalisco, Mexico for not wearing a mask that was also caught on video.
With the world taking notice of cases of racism and police brutality, artists have taken to social media to condemn the acts and demand justice for the families of the victims.
Cardi Bis raising the question of police brutality to presidential hopefuls…
The 26-year-old half-Dominican American rap superstar, who has long taken an interest in American history and politics, has taken to Instagram to pose a hypothetical question, asking Democratic presidential candidates looking to run in the 2020 election what they would do when it comes to issues of police brutality in America.
“I would like to ask what are we going to do about police brutality,” the “I Like It” rapper wondered. “It seems like it keeps on happening every single day and they are getting away with it. Nobody is talking about it. I would like to see a change and know if our next president even cares because it seems our president now doesn’t.”
Cardi B called on her Bardi Gangto start thinking about the changes they want to see in their communities and drop their answers in the comments.
The most-liked comments addressed hot-button topics like health care, college tuition, school safety, prison reform and the legalization of marijuana, just to name a few.