Sheriff Valentine OtisPlayed by Brian Dennehy
Sheriff Valentine Otis is the king of his world, a white man with authority, and the law behind him, overseeing a black community. Valentine sees himself as one of the "untouchables." Wealthy and powerful, he bends the law to his liking and sits on his throne with one hand in someone's pocket and the other polishing his badge. He doesn't like his adult son and treads dangerous waters by loving a woman he shouldn't. Underneath his hard-boiled exterior is an aging man trying to maintain his power and keep the door closed on the skeletons in his closet before they decide to take a walk in public.