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Peace Officer

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The documentary follows Dub Lawrence, the founder of Utah's first SWAT unit, as he investigates the death of his son-in-law and other shootings related to an increase in violent SWAT team raids, while tackling larger questions about the changing face of peace officers nationwide.
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Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
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October 15, 2015

One aspect the filmmakers do make clear is that a disconnect has sprouted between police and ordinary citizens who ... feel threatened by the very people who are sworn to protect and serve them.
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The Skinny
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March 08, 2016

A first-rate look at the increasingly relevant issue of police militarisation.
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Washington Post
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October 01, 2015

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.
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Capital Times (Madison, WI)
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October 15, 2015

Deftly weaving in Lawrence's crusade against the larger backdrop of recent changes in law enforcement philosophy, "Peace Officer" is as much on the side of cops as it is on the citizens.
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Los Angeles Times
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September 17, 2015

The engrossing documentary "Peace Officer" looks at the militarization of police work from a fresh, provocative angle.
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NewsBlaze
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March 26, 2016

Or more likely not. An explosive investigative documentary about the deadly militarization of police in this country. And one of its victims - ironically a Utah sheriff who first introduced SWAT teams into his state. An emotionally shattering revelation.
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Arizona Republic
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October 08, 2015

The strength of "Peace Officer" is that it doesn't attempt to pit the viewer against the police.
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The Film Stage
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February 23, 2016

Peace Officer paints an informative and fairly balanced portrayal of an issue that is more relevant now than ever before.
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RogerEbert.com
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September 17, 2015

This is one of the year's best films.
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Eye for Film
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February 22, 2016

Dub's combination of professionalism, admitted obsession and general likeability make him an excellent focal point for a film of this sort.
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Boston Globe
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October 01, 2015

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."
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New York Times
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September 15, 2015

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