Beginning with intense footage of the epochal protests in Ferguson, Missouri, that followed the police killing of Michael Brown, filmmaker Craig Atkinson examines the current state of American policing. He documents a chilling shift in local law enforcement – as small departments eagerly seek military training and equipment to quell nonexistent unrest – and reveals haunting suggestions of technology’s new place in police work. With stunning footage from protests, police trainings, and raids, Atkinson deftly balances a gap that continues to widen: between police militarization from inside the force, and citizens’ attempts to question, protest, and halt extreme uses of police power.
Preceded by Mothers for Justice dir. Erik Ljung, 2015, 15 min, DCP.
Community Partner: Patois International Human Rights Film Festival
Screens Saturday, September 10 at 8:00 pm. Tickets will be available at the door.
Dir. Craig Atkinson; 2016, 73 min; USA, English; DCP.