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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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Official site HBO

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USA

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English

Release Date:

14 November 2017 (USA) See more »

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Control de tráfico (Traffic Stop) See more »

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Austin, Texas, USA

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Q-Ball Productions See more »
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How did this get nominated
21 February 2018 | by stevengarmanSee all my reviews

While the producers of Traffic Stop tried to use this incident to show the police as evil and the arrested black woman as unjustly mistreated, watching the actual dash cam video from the police cruiser, one can clearly see the woman refusing to follow instructions and then resisting arrest for no good reason. She wasn't mistreated. All she had to do was follow the lawful instructions of the police officer and she would have been sited for a traffic violation and then on her way. What happened to her was her own doing and no documentary filler of her teaching school or going to church will change that. However, it is also apparent that the officer quickly lost patience with the woman who was refusing to cooperate.

It was interesting that her probing dialog with the transportation officer taking her to jail seemed designed to gather material for the documentary. Her actions from start to finish weren't normal and after the arrest almost seemed calculated. Was this planned in advance or just a spur of the moment decision to get something on the police. Whatever the reason, the documentary comes off as one-sided and transparent. Not worthy of your time. How did it ever get nominated for an Oscar? Oh, right. It's Hollywood were no anti-social behavior goes unrewarded.


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