Peace Officer

Join Indievents, Gigastrand International, and Club David, Sunday, January 17, for the South Dakota Premiere of Peace Officer.

Peace Officer is an award winning documentary that has played at over a dozen film festivals over the last year. At South by Southwest in 2015 it won both the Grand Jury and Audince Award for Documentary Feature.

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.

These events are contextualized within a growing national phenomenon of violent SWAT raids and governmental immunity laws gone amok in the War on Drugs. Officers both in cities and small towns like Dub's are routinely armed with military surplus weapons and equipment, and federal incentives to use what they are given. All of this has lead to a 15,000% increase in SWAT team raids in the United States since the late 1970's. Peace Officer follows Dub as he obsessively picks apart these cases from his unique perspective that combines the zeal of a rule-of-law detective with the grief of a victim.

"The first major documentary on a topic of fast-rising public interest -- the increasing militarization of U.S. police departments -- "Peace Officer" turns out to be as engrossing and well crafted as it is timely" -- VARIETY

"Brad Barber and Scott Christopherson's half "The Thin Blue Line" - style crime procedural, half political study about the militarization and overreach of police, is a refreshingly objective and levelheaded documentary that's as culturally relevant as it is expertly paced and captivating." -- INDIEWIRE

"A powerful and important film about policing tactics that have crept into everyday usage with little scrutiny" -- THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

"Scott Christopherson & Brad Barber's "Peace Officer" is the most level-headed treatment I have seen so far in the growing debate over police use of deadly force." -- ROGEREBERT.COM

"Filmmakers Scott Christopherson and Brad Barber make Dub Lawrence the face of America's complex crisis over the militarization of law enforcement." -- THE DAILY BEAST

The screening will be held at Club David in Sioux Falls on Sunday, January 17, 2016, and will begin at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance and $12 at the door. You can purchase advance tickets at Club David, Zandbroz, The Last Stop CD Shop, or online at EventBrite (click button below).

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