“Why is this happening? Who is making this decisions?” That’s a question that gets asked during the trailer for the SXSW winning documentary “Peace Officer” (it nabbed both the Audience Award and Grand Jury Award in Austin), and one that the nation has been asking itself far too often over the past few years. And the film by Brad Barber and Scott Christopherson dives into a hot button issue with great care and insight.
This fascinating and wrenching story centers on former sheriff William “Dub” Lawrence, who established his state’s first SWAT team, only to see it backfire when using lethal force in a standoff thirty years later, killing his son-in-law Brian. Now an advocate for police reform, Lawrence investigates police shootings, and the doc takes a wider look at the increasing militarization of police forces around the country.
“Peace Officer” opens on September 16th. Watch below and read our review.