Peace Officer (2015)


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Peace Officer is a documentary about the increasingly militarized state of American police as told through the story of Dub Lawrence, a former sheriff who established his rural state's first SWAT team only to see that same unit kill his son-in-law in a controversial standoff 30 years later. Driven by an obsessed sense of mission, Dub uses his own investigation skills to uncover the truth in this and other recent officer-involved shootings in his community, while tackling larger questions about the changing face of peace officers nationwide.

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The strength of "Peace Officer" is that it doesn't attempt to pit the viewer against the police.

Oct 8, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Surpasses the best episode of the now defunct "CSI" series in its suspense and fascinating procedural detail and rivals the intensity, ingenuity, and broader ramifications of Errol Morris's "The Thin Blue Line."

Oct 1, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Lawrence acts as a genial and knowledgable guide to the film's true subject, and the source of its titular irony: the increasing militarization of law enforcement.

Oct 1, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The engrossing documentary "Peace Officer" looks at the militarization of police work from a fresh, provocative angle.

Sep 17, 2015 | Full Review…

This is one of the year's best films.

Sep 17, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

While "Peace Officer" could offer more information, what is here is disturbing and sometimes eye-opening.

Sep 15, 2015 | Full Review…

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