Official Trailer for 'Peace Officer' Documentary on Police Militarization

August 4, 2015
Source: YouTube

Peace Officer

"Why? Why did this happen? Who's making these decisions?" The official trailer + poster have debuted for a documentary called Peace Officer, from directors Brad Barber & Scott Christopherson, that is a very timely look at police militarization. The doc is told from the perspective of a former sheriff who put together his state's first SWAT team, then 30 years later experienced tragedy when a stand off left his son-in-law dead. This premiered at SXSW and played at a number of other festivals, and will be hitting limited theaters next month. This looks like a very unique examination at the tense atmosphere today. I'm intrigued to see it.

Here's the official trailer for Brad Barber & Scott Christopherson's doc Peace Officer, found on YouTube:

Peace Officer Doc Poster

A documentary about the increasingly militarized state of American police as told through the story of 'Dub' Lawrence, a former sheriff who established and trained 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 is co-directed by filmmakers Brad Barber & Scott Christopherson. The doc first premiered at this year's SXSW Film Festival. Peace Officer will open on September 16th. Click for more.

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Reader Feedback - 14 Comments


It is hard to calm down with a assault rifle pointed at your face.

DAVIDPD on Aug 4, 2015


Really? I would take it as a good opportunity to STFU and reappraise my priorities.

Gnubbles on Aug 4, 2015


Are you or some one close to in Law Enforcement? That is the typical response I hear from some one on the law's side. Very, very easy to say that you would be able to remain clear in thought, but much harder to remain rational when you perceive your life is threatened.

DAVIDPD on Aug 4, 2015


funny, crooks used to understand it just fine back in the day when it was revolvers pointed at what's today's crooks' excuse?

wobbles9094 on Aug 4, 2015


Ah you know the typical leftist argument. Entitled attitude, spoiled by modern ideology. Who knows? All I know is I don't break the law and I listen to LEOs.

DAVIDPD on Aug 4, 2015


"spoiled by modern technology"? and just who is on this site posting comments in EVERY article. I think you're a little spoiled too, david! LOL

dan on Aug 5, 2015


yea david, go ahead and side with the criminals. all I know is if law enforcement asks me to do something - I do it. I don't commit crime so I have no reason to fear them. only those who COMMIT CRIME need to worry. once I was stopped and surrounded by 10 police cars - officers get out and all draw their guns and point them at my truck. I was told to get out and lie on the ground. I didn't have any clue what was going on but I did as they asked - KNOWING I DID NOTHING WRONG, I HAD NO FEAR. anyway, turns out there was just a bank robbery with 2 people shot not 2 blocks from where I was and the suspects were driving a white mine. after around 10 minutes I was released with the above explanation and an apology. remember dave - there is no reason to fear, if you've done nothing wrong.

dan on Aug 5, 2015


Hi Dan, I will reply to both your comments here because double posting would be redundant. Regarding your first comment: I think you were mistaken I said, "entitled attitude, spoiled by modern ideology..." I did not mention technology. That aside You are probably right. I am in my twenties and have grown accustomed to having technology always available with ease. I would like to think I don't have a dependence on it, but I in truth, I probably do. I comment on the articles that are posted. I like contributing. I don't think it hurts any one and AB seems to not disapprove. RE your second comment: I completely agree with you. I actually said as much in the comment you replied to. I always listen to LEOs and I never break the law. That being said, I am Asian, and appearing Asian, I don't get profiled as badly as some of my Black and Latino friends. So my experiences with Law Enforcement have been minimal to say the least. I am not sure why you think I would side with criminals. I suppose I was a little cavalier with my comment. To that, I do apologize. I am sorry if you perceived some kind of negativity here, Dan. I assure you there is none being directed at you or any one else. I try and remain relatively level headed here (at least for the Internet). Have a nice day!

DAVIDPD on Aug 5, 2015


How did this happen? Well 1.) our society has become extraordinarily violent and lawless and the cops are just trying to keep up and stay alive and 2.) looks like his son in law was just such a violent and lawless guy and met the end he chose. Sorry sheriff Andy, Mayberry isn't here anymore.....

wobbles9094 on Aug 4, 2015


Biggest gang in town. Thieves and liars.

Carpola on Aug 5, 2015


Very relevant to the times we're living. I'm defo seeing this.

Huck PS on Aug 5, 2015


The police are so negative.

Jesse Bangerter on Aug 5, 2015


HEH! DID ya' hear the one about the country that handed away its ENTIRE real economy to GLOBALIST RED CHINA- - --and then the people made the PERPS --OVERLORDS-- and put themselves in PRISON???? LOL- - --NOT.

IT--IT-- - - -IT2 on Aug 7, 2015


Oh, man. can't wait for this one.

Jamie Holmes on Aug 19, 2015

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