First Black Lightning clip features a disturbing scene of racial profiling

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Jan 11, 2018, 5:20 PM EST

With The CW’s superhero series Black Lightning set to premiere next week, the network has finally unleashed the first clip for its new Arrowverse-adjacent series. The two-minute sneak peek starts off with an intense scene that tackles a subject that resonates strongly: racial profiling.

Black Lightning stars Cress Williams as Jefferson Pierce, a metahuman who once spent his nights moonlighting as a vigilante named Black Lightning. When his extracurricular activities took its toll on his family, Pierce hung up his suit to become the principal of a New Orleans neighborhood charter high school.

A father of two daughters, Pierce returns to his superhero ways when the villainous Tobias Whale (Marvin “Krondon” Jones III), and his brutal local gang called The 100 threaten the lives of daughters Anissa (Nafessa Williams) and Jennifer (China Anne McClain), who have inherited his powers.

In the show’s first clip below, Pierce's car — carrying him and his daughters — is stopped by police, and he is handcuffed amid an ongoing investigation into a robbery he had nothing to do with.

Turns out, this isn’t the first time that month Pierce had been accosted due to racial profiling, and when he demands an explanation following his release, Pierce can barely contain his anger, which manifests itself via his electrifying powers.

Debuting on Jan. 16 on The CW following The Flash’s midseason premiere, Black Lightning also stars James Remar, Damon Gupton, Christine Adams, Chantal Thuy, and Grammy-winning artist Jill Scott as Lady Eve.