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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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14 November 2017 (USA) See more »

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Austin, Texas, USA

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3 March 2018 | by HEFILMSee all my reviews

Most of this film is made of footage of our victim and what a normal helpful person she is, by the end when you have her and young kids frolicking in slow motion you know you are in the land of Hollywood fantasy.

There have been cases of police brutality which lead to people being killed where the victims did less to the police than our victim does here. And I had a friend get arrested for behaving in a lesser manor than our victim does here after a traffic stop.

They do show the video of the incident--it seems they show it mostly without editing though you can't tell for sure. The officer is shown explaining what happened after we see it for ourselves and his account matches what we saw--unlike our victim saying "he's lying."

The question here is why does this seemingly nice normal woman--who has a relative who is a police officer--immediately rudely question and disobey the cop from the very start. There is nothing shown here to indicate that because she is black she immediately, maybe even just and valid reasons for behaving this way and being in a state of fear and distrust of police from the start. It's also worth noting that though she swears and continues to fight and kick even when put in the car on her own, while non of the police ever raise their voices or use any racial slurs--even while talking to themselves.. There seems to be nothing in her own past to show police racially mistreating her or her family or friends or that there is any thread of violence or crime that affects her.

The best scene in the film is a conversation she has--from police video--with another officer who takes her in to be arrested. It's a fascinating conversation more so than anything in the after-the-fact interviews with her or any point the film is trying to make. In the conversation it's clear that both, her and the cop, have racial bias and lack information about the other side.

It just seems like the filmmaker wants to portray our victim as saintly almost, but she does so without ever having out victim explain her own illogical actions when confronted. If she has a relative who is a cop it's especially baffling the way she behaves and that she doesn't at some point say, hey my relative is in your shoes.

There could be another point here or one the film accidentally makes, she complains that if you google her all that comes up is video of the incident and this case, though she still has her normal job and life, so how much real impact has it had on her life other than, as she says, photos of her when she was a model no longer pop up first.

There is no talk about if she spent any time in jail for this incident--I assume she didn't as otherwise they'd certainly mention it as it would ad to their case of cop vs. regular citizen who just happens to be black.

So she is to be pitied because her old modeling pictures don't come up now? Is that tragic? I suppose this could or may work best as a film showing how not to behave when you encounter a cop as even a relatively minor incident like this will haunt you through the media and internet long after whatever happened matters to you anymore.


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