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Traffic Stop (2017)

Traffic Stop tells the story of Breaion King, a 26-year-old African-American school teacher from Austin, Texas, who was stopped for a routine traffic violation that escalated into a ... See full summary »

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Traffic Stop tells the story of Breaion King, a 26-year-old African-American school teacher from Austin, Texas, who was stopped for a routine traffic violation that escalated into a dramatic arrest. Caught on police dashcams, King was pulled from her car by the arresting officer, repeatedly thrown to the ground and handcuffed. En route to jail in a squad car, she engaged in a revealing conversation with her escorting officer about race and law enforcement in America. The documentary juxtaposes dashcam footage with scenes from King's everyday life, offering a fuller portrait of the woman caught up in this unsettling encounter. Written by Anonymous

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English

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14 November 2017 (USA) See more »

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Austin, Texas, USA

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Great topic, but not a great case to use
25 February 2018 | by sean-48013See all my reviews

Any reasonable person knows the topic is a real issue. And there are moments where we get to see the perspective of both a cop and the driver without it being wrapped in all of the emotional overdrive and posturing that oozes out of the rest of the film.

With a different case this same format might have worked really well. This specific traffic stop's footage doesn't tell the story that needs to be told. It might actually serve to convince people in the opposite direction. Instead I have to wonder if the production team watched the dash cam footage. Did they edit it in believing they knew what it portrayed? Or were they so blinded by passion for the topic that they felt Breaion's life story would cause us to excuse her choices?

Either way, it's sloppy. Hopefully future filmmakers take more care to ensure the dashcam footage matches the story they build.


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