Peace Officer Directed By Scott Christopherson And Brad Barber

1094 Words Oct 25th, 2016 5 Pages
As Chase Madar writes, “[i]f all you 've got is a hammer, then everything starts to look like a nail. (The Over Policing of America)” This statement has never been more true as it relates to modern policing. The movie Peace Officer directed by Scott Christopherson and Brad Barber details many individuals and their personal accounts regarding negative experiences with police officers. Throughout the documentary, person after person describes a time when they or someone they love fell victim to extreme police tactics. The film focuses on the story of Dub Lawrence, a former Utah sheriff, and the tragic death of his son in law at the hands of a police officer (Peace Officer). As evidenced in the documentary Peace Officer, modern policing tactics are unnecessarily incendiary and should be modified to deescalate situations and hold disorderly officers accountable of their actions. The film opens to Dub recounting the events of the day his son-in law was shot. The video tape shows a standoff with police after a domestic disturbance between Brian Wood, Dub’s son-in-law, and his wife, Dub’s daughter. As the film advances, more of the tape is shown, finally culminating in the shooting death of Wood. Brian had a loaded gun in the car, but never aimed it at a police officer or any other person besides himself for the entirety of the standoff. Moreover, Brian’s family was instructed that the police were trying to bring him to safety, while in reality, the police used rubber bullets,…

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