The Making of Peace Officer , a Documentary Film About Officer-Involved Shootings in America by Scott Christopherson, Communication
Friday, November 8
3:30 - 5:30 pm
Wine, cheese, and fruit will be provided.
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At this talk, Prof. Scott Christopherson will discuss the making of his film, Peace Officer, a feature-length documentary about officer-involved shootings in America. The film focuses on several cases in Utah, a recent hotbed for officer-involved shootouts and SWAT raids. The militarization of police has steadily grown since the 1960’s. Utah is a microcosm that represents those shifts and trends. Governmental immunity laws in Utah immediately exonerate police officers with little to no questioning of their actions. The film follows Dub Lawrence, a former sheriff who’s obsessed with uncovering the truth about the shooting death of his son-in-law, Brian Wood. Using cinema vérité style, the film follows Dub on a journey as he fights to change the Governmental Immunity Act and “no-knock” search warrant laws. During his journey, Dub makes sense of the night his son-in-law died and uncovers felonies committed by the police involved. Along the way, Dub dusts off his crime scene analysis skills and picks apart the most recent cases of police shootings in Utah. Dub uncovers the truth about a police raid gone wrong involving a military veteran, Matthew Stewart, growing marijuana. The film also looks at police raids from the perspective of the police. The film follows police officers walking through the scene of the Stewart home as they give their personal accounts of the night they fired over 200 bullets at Stewart and he fought back killing one of their team members.
Prof. Christopherson will focus on the film and the creative process of making it, as well as its connection to his teaching at St. Edward's.
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