The Peace Officer, Directed By Scott Christopherson And Brad Barber

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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 …show more content…
In the case of the drug raid on the soldier, the documentary showcased the incompetence of the crime scene investigators, who left a good portion of evidence at the crime scene and the inconsistency with the scene the police officers described and the forensic evidence of the bullet hole entry points. Matthew Stewart, the soldier that was targeted in the drug raid, ended up shooting one of the officers, as he did not realize that the officers were not home invaders. In the case of the family, the police arrived late at night, handcuffed the father and mother without explaining the situation and took almost twenty minutes to free them after realizing they had raided the wrong address (Peace Officer). Both circumstances showed the intensity and even brutality of the police officers in those …show more content…
This practice immediately escalates the situation and can lead to unnecessary deaths. It is shown that fortified relationships with the communities the police are monitoring can make a larger, positive, preventative impact than a SWAT raid can (Baptiste). Furthermore, the use of military weapons in a police setting can have volatile results. It is true that in some cases military vehicles and equipment can protect officers entering dangerous situations, but military equipment can also be misused. During riots in Ferguson Missouri after the police shooting of Michael Brown, local officers were seen pointing their military grade weapons at unarmed civilians simply walking down the street. Many troops were concerned with this behavior, as those militarily-trained know that is not proper procedure (Mulrine). Escalation tactics, such as those used during the standoff with Brian Wood (smoke bombs, impact rounds, and bombardment) all served to escalate the intensity of the situation, leading to the unfortunate shooting (Peace Officer). Peace Officer accurately depicts the militarization of police officers in America and the excess amount of force they produce. With proper legislation and regulation of policing tactics and more oversight of police units, the road to demilitarizing police could be paved. Further accountability of police officers caught abusing their position of power through judicial measures could

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