Bradley Balko has a review: â€˜Do Not Resist’: A chilling look at the normalization of warrior cops
Of course, this issue is right up Radley’s alley. And it looks like a must-see.
What makes this movie so powerful is its terrifying portrayal of the mundanities of modern policing. I watched the movie weeks ago, but there are scenes that still flicker in my head. We all remember the clashes between police and protesters in Ferguson. Weâ€™ve seen the photos. We saw the anger and the animus exchanged across the protest lines. What we didnâ€™t see were the hours and hours before and after those moments. We didnâ€™t see the MRAPs and other armored vehicles roll in, one at a time, slowly transforming an American town into a war zone. We didnâ€™t hear the clomp of combat boots on asphalt in the quiet hours of the early morning, interrupted only by fuzzy dispatches over police radio. […]
The striking thing about the footage is, again, the utter mundanity of the raid. A family was just violently raided over an immeasurable amount of pot. A man was arrested over that pot. The money he needed for his business was taken from him. Yet thereâ€™s no shame or embarrassment from the officers. Thereâ€™s no panic that the whole thing was captured on video. Thatâ€™s when it hits you. They donâ€™t think theyâ€™ve made a mistake. This is what they do.
Definitely on my list. Not sure when that’s going to be able to happen, though as the distribution is limited at this point.
Here’s the trailer.