The subject of Craig Atkinson’s remarkable public-affairs documentary is the alarming militarization of America’s local police departments. And there’s evidence aplenty, from Ferguson, Missouri (protests against white cops shooting unarmed African Americans) to South Carolina (a punitive drug raid on a private residence) to Orlando (SWAT teams convention) to Texas, where thousands of decommissioned armored assault vehicles from Afghanistan and Iraq await their dispersal to small towns and big cities all across the country. Cinematographer-turned-director Atkinson (Detropia) mostly just points his camera in the right direction and keeps his ears open, and the absurdly over-armed police do the rest, all the while muttering about “metastasizing threat” and “forecasting malfeasance.” We can’t say we were never warned (72 min.).
Director: Craig Atkinson
Producer: Laura Hartrick and David Menschel