"I'm his wife": Six weeks after their marriage, Sheriff Brooks [portrayed in the film by Marton Csokas] burst into the Lovings’ bedroom in the middle of the night to arrest them. Mildred pointed to the wedding certificate hanging on the wall and stated "I

Following their arrest Richard would spend a single night in jail. Mildred was held for several additional days. At the time of their incarceration Virginia was one of 24 states that considered interracial marriage a crime.