An account of the increasing use of military weapons and tactics by local law enforcement in the United States, counterpointed with civil unrest in Ferguson, Missouri following the shooting of Michael Brown in 2014.
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An urgent and powerful exploration of the rapid militarization of the police in the United States. Starting on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, as the community grapples with the death of Michael Brown, DO NOT RESIST - the directorial debut of Detropia cinematographer Craig Atkinson - offers a stunning look at the current state of policing in America and a glimpse into the future. The Tribeca Film Festival winner for Best Documentary puts viewers in the center of the action - from a ride-along with a South Carolina SWAT team and inside a police training seminar that teaches the importance of "righteous violence" to the floor of a congressional hearing on the proliferation of military equipment in small-town police departments - before exploring where controversial new technologies including predictive policing algorithms could lead the field next.Written by
What Atkinson sought out to do, he delivers on. Do Not Resist presents a fantastic look at a world many of us may not know about: the world of police militarization. Undoubtedly a magnet for criticism from those in political opposition, the film features recorded hearings and comments from politicians we know well, and it is impossible to proclaim bias as a simple fact check yields truth. You may gasp, you may cry, you may rise to anger or frustration...and that's the point. To evoke a response and demand attention to a disturbing issue taking place in the U.S. This film is by no means anti-cop. It is anti-militarization, and Atkinson tries to express that through the voices of former police officers who voice their concerns and discomfort with the use of armored vehicles and heavy artillery to address peaceful protests.Some of the shots are pretty impressive and the cinematography is wonderfully inventive for clips taken from the streets and chambers. Check the film out before making any premature assumptions, you just might learn something...I know I did.
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