Documentary “Peace Officer” Investigates Militarization of Police Posted on March 23, 2015 by Sally Nyemba The film exposes police use of military weapons such as tanks, armored personnel carriers, and flash grenades. Director Scott Christopherson takes you behind the scenes of police militarization in a new documentary entitled “Peace Officer.” The film gives the world an opportunity to to look at what is truly causing the high number of police brutality incidents in America. The film examines the journey of Dub Lawrence, who was a former sheriff and founder of his state’s SWAT team. However there is a twist to his story. The same SWAT team that Lawrence founded was responsible for killing his son-in-law years later. Operating like the military After witnessing such a heinous crime, Lawrence began investigating police brutality, and uncovering the numerous amounts of senseless killings by police that have occurred over time. He posits that police officers are no long “peace officers,” but instead they are now operating under the same authority as the military. The film highlights the errors that we as society have made as a whole. By allowing police officers to act in the same manner as military personnel, we have caused them to believe and to adopt a mind set similar to that of a military service member. The film has become an eye opener in the wake of the current conflicts that are currently erupting nationwide. The Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, led to riots and police operating in the capacity of military officials. Peace Officer demonstrates that police militarization has become the norm in our country, and that it must be stopped — or else innocent people will continue to be killed. The film exposes police use of military weapons such as tanks, armored personnel carriers, and flash grenades just to name a few. Peace Officer questions the need for these types of weapons to protect civilians, as well as the impact that having access to these weapons has had on the mentality of our said peace officers. Finally, the film leaves you asking one question, “Have we allowed our peace to be purchased with violence?” Show times and locations for Peace Officer can be found at www.peaceofficerfilm.com/screenings.