DIRECTOR: Brad Barber, Scott Christopherson
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.
"Peace Officer" creates an extremely timely narrative around a volatile issue and manages to not get lost in unproductive hyperbole. It should please fans of real crime procedurals and political junkies alike.Oktay Ege Kozak, The Playlist
Depressing as Peace Officer may be, if we can turn Lawrence's belief that a police officer should be a trusted friend and qualified, trained peacemaker, hope might be waiting around the corner for a country filled with trigger-happy authorities.Elias Savada ,Film International