My girlfriend and I recently watched yet another powerful and unforgettable documentary. I want to share it here with you.
Peace Officer is a film about the militarization of police departments/tactics and/or the need for heightened police action to keep officers safe. It depends on how you look at it. This documentary, though perhaps not completely objective, does a good job letting both sides of the discussion voice their opinions. It’s a very well crafted story told through intermingled investigations into real life cases, embellished with expert and first-person testimonies and opinions. The key “star” of the film is a highly respected, retired veteran of the police force himself who has decades of CSI experience and it’s his dynamic expertise that fuels the whole thing.
I encourage you to take some time to watch this with friends and family. Please discuss amongst yourselves and share with others.
Note on documentaries. Tezi and I have learned a lot lately from watching a variety of documentaries. It’s been fascinating to see these often in-depth looks at subject matter that normally isn’t on the front pages, or making headlines. Most of the documentaries have been very well produced as well. I feel as if we’re living in an era right now inundated with superb intellectual content both through these films and documentaries as well as through the podcast medium. If you make the time to ingest their content you’ll feel as if you’re enrolled in school, getting an education with each session, episode, or film segment.
None of these, of course, can do justice to the topics they touch on, and each one lacks the depth usually only associated with books (or long-form serialized podcasts), but they present such a well constructed snapshot of the issue, that one can at least challenge their own preconceived notions, gaining some awareness, even in spite of oneself.