Policing is a film about a black female police officer, Wanda, and her families emotional journey back to a sense of normalcy after their oldest son was killed by a police officer on the sam... Read allPolicing is a film about a black female police officer, Wanda, and her families emotional journey back to a sense of normalcy after their oldest son was killed by a police officer on the same squad who subsequently gets acquitted by the grand jury. The emotional story picks up o... Read allPolicing is a film about a black female police officer, Wanda, and her families emotional journey back to a sense of normalcy after their oldest son was killed by a police officer on the same squad who subsequently gets acquitted by the grand jury. The emotional story picks up on the mothers first day back to work after her grieving period. We pick up in the story on... Read all
The emotional story picks up on the mothers first day back to work after her grieving period. We pick up in the story on the morning of and the movie opens with Wanda waking up by herself in the bed searching for her husband who has obviously woken earlier than her and was no longer in the bedroom. We see Wanda prepare herself for the day emotionally as she stares at herself in the mirror before she enters the living area where her family is sitting at the bar.
As she walks in she greets Freddy, her youngest and only child after the death of her oldest son, who is eating cereal and listening to his music before he has to leave to catch his bus. Next to him sits his father Carl who is busy typing away at his laptop as his wife passes by and greets him good morning in which he responds with indignation. She responds in kind as they continue a heated discussion about her decision on whether or not to remain on the job. She explains that she has not yet made up her mind and she would be making her decision soon. Her husband feels as if her decision should be to not continue working for the police force. As the conversation is not going as he wants t to go he decides to leave and angrily exits the room. As Wanda and Freddy are left in the awkwardness of Carl's exit Wanda inquires about Freddy's feelings about her continuing to work for the police. He tells her that although he is a bit conflicted he understands that she loves her job and wishes for her to be happy before leaving to go to school. Wanda is left by herself and to her own thoughts as she walks into the bedroom and stares at her uniform contemplating her future and what her decision should ultimately be. After sitting on the bed going through her thoughts she stands to her feet and grabs her uniform as the scene fades to black.
Wanda heads to work at the precinct where she first walks into her captains office to speak about her decision to return to work. The captain appreciates her dedication but ultimately wants the best for Wanda. He also informs her that Officer Powell was in the office gathering the last of his items before he starts his new assignment at the Northern Precinct. Wanda replies that she is strong and could handle situation. The captain wishes her the best as she exits his office.
Upon entering the locker room Wanda meets a young rookie cop as he prepares himself for his shift. He is heavily armed which draws the attention of Wanda. She explains to him that that type of policing is rarely needed and not the best option for patrolling the community. Officer Pinkerton, the rookie, explains that he has been on the front lines of war when he was in the military he learned how to deal with the residents in the "hood". Officer Wanda Douglas explains that it is not a "hood" but a community. Officer Pinkerton abruptly walks out of the locker room exclaiming that he was here to do his job which was to put away the bad guys. Officer Wanda Douglas tells him as he exits the locker room that there is "bad guys" on both sides of the shield.
As she readies herself for the day Officer Powell comes around the corner and begins an awkward conversation with Officer Wanda Douglas. As she tries to maintain her composure she lashes out t Officer Powell that his actions led to the murder of her son. He defiantly stands his ground of doing nothing wrong and being found not guilty by the grand jury. Officer Wanda Douglas explains to him that her son was not who the defense painted him to be and that the things they said during trial was false. As officer Powell continues to pass along the blame to her sons actions Officer Wanda Douglas decides to exit the conversation but not without telling Officer Powell that of all the times she played this conversation out in her head this was the only time that she did not kill him.
Officer Wanda Douglas contemplates her place in the department and within the system as she calls the captain apparently to explain that she will be unable to continue as an officer. Just as she calls the Captain she receives a call in on the police scanner requesting back-up for an officer on scene.
As Officer Wanda Douglas arrives at the scene she finds Officer Pinkerton berating and humiliating a citizen of the community. As she attempts to find out what has happened Officer Pinkerton begins explaining how this "asshole" was caught in the act of stealing. She reminds Officer Pinkerton that the citizen has a name and deserves to be treated with respect. Upon the explanation she searches the accused and finds that he did not steal anything. Upon her explanation to Officer Pinkerton about the importance of respecting the public the accused citizen expresses his displeasure with the situation and how he wants to file a complaint against the officer. Officer Wanda expresses her understanding of his emotions but cautions against continuing the tit for tat relationship and instead explains that there could be a better approach and that could be one of respect. The citizen understands her point and tells the officer that he would respect his position as long as the officer shows the same respect to the members of the community. After the citizen leaves Officer Pinkerton tells Officer Wanda Douglas how much he appreciates her leadership and that he has a lot to learn to which Officer Wanda Douglas replies that she is willing to teach.
Upon her arrival home she calls the Captain and explains that she has made up her mind and that she would continue to be a police officer and to expect to see her the next day for her shift. As she settles into the evening she has one last run in with her husband where he expresses his anger of what she is doing and that the department was responsible for killing their son. She explains that it wasn't the department but one misguided individual. Her husband breaks down and explains that he never wanted her to feel as if she was alone and that he was sorry if he made her feel as if he wasn't there for her. She tells him that they will make it through this together; as a family.