Marcus and Babydoll bounce out of the tattoo place. The town square outside is filled with protesters protesting for Black Lives Matter. The protesters have linked up to block all lines of traffic. Cops in riot gear are trying to figure out how to disperse them.
A charismatic Black activist DA'QUAN MONROE, 29, leads the protests with a bullhorn, doing call and response like a preacher.
Marcus raises his fist in support.
"We marchin ... " chants Da'Quan through the bullhorn --
"We marchin!" repeat the protesters.
"To justice ..."
Marcus and Babydoll weave around and through the teeming mass as best they can. Babydoll looks skeptical.
"It's obvious that black lives matter," says Babydoll. "Yes black lives matter, white lives matter, Asian lives matter, all lives matter. If I have a child that's acting out, then I have to deal with my child. As black people, we have to do the things we can do to make a change within our own community, and then let the trickle effect happen. I was taught to help myself. It's not black or white."
Marcus stares at her, looking like he's being suffocated.
"Why you here?" says Marcus.
"I'm here to learn trial lawyering," says Babydoll.
"I'm here to save lives," says Marcus. "Why you here?"
"My law professors told me, 'if you wanna learn how to go to trial, you gotta go work for Carter.'" Babydoll looks apprehensive. This is not what she signed up for.
Cops move in to break up the lines blocking traffic.
Shouts of "Cameras up! Cameras up!" move across the crowd like a wave.
"I'm not doing this as like an extracurricular for my application to the Augusta National Golf Club," says Marcus. "I live and breathe this work."
Babydoll hustles to keep up with Marcus as he moves assertively through the chaos. "Why are you acting like I'm here to make trouble?"
Like a flock of birds all shifting direction at once, the protesters sit down on the ground one by one by one as the cops move in to arrest them.
"If I'm gonna take the time to educate you, I wanna know it's time well spent," says Marcus. "We don't even begin to benefit from your presence for the first two to three years."
Cops forcefully yank people off the ground by their arms, zip-tying their wrists and shoving them in the back of patrol cars.
"I'm here to learn," says Babydoll.
Marcus gives her that look. "It one thing to study war and another thing to live the warrior's life."
As Marcus and Babydoll cross the street and enter the Public Defenders Office,
we turn to see Cops hoisting Da'Quan off the sidewalk by his zip-tied wrists.