'Lawmen: Bass Reeves' Trailer Shows David Oyelowo's Sheriff Working

"You a cop? Or a criminal? "A bit of both, I think," Reeves responds in response to a young child. Respecting his badge is important to Reeves.

The highly anticipated original series Lawmen: Bass Reeves by Taylor Sheridan debuted a teaser trailer on Thursday.

The unseen tale of "the most legendary lawman in the Old West" will be followed as he transitions.

From slavery to law enforcement as the first Black U.S. Marshal west of the Mississippi, according to a press statement shared with PEOPLE.

In spite of apprehending "over 3,000 outlaws during the course of his career, the weight of the badge was heavy."

Even the "moral and spiritual cost" the profession had on his family caused Reeves to struggle.

Oyelowo's Reeves recite the pledge in the trailer as images of him battling outlaws and having fun with his family flash across the screen.

"I, Bass Reeves, solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute my duties as Deputy Marshal without malice or partiality, so help me God," the character says.

Before giving him a sheriff's badge, Judge Isaac Parker (Donald Sutherland) responds, "Well, let's make it official."

Sherril Lynn (Dennis Quaid) asks, "You think you can handle the weight of the badge?" and Reeves responds with resolve. "I am sure I can."


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