SXSW world premiere: Former cop fights police militarization in ‘Peace Officer’

There is footage of Ferguson, Misssouri in Peace Officer, a documentary that examines the militarization of American law enforcement and the use of deadly force, but that’s not the central event in the life of the film’s main figure “Dub” Lawrence.

For him, it was the shooting death of his son-in-law in a 2008 standoff with the SWAT team that he helped create.

With 42 hours to go at the time this story was published, Peace Officer is $2,000 short of a $50,000 all-or-nothing Kickstarter campaign.

The film will make its world premiere March 15 at the SXSW Fim Festival in Austin, Texas.

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Khari is founder and editor of Through the Cracks: Crowdfunding in Journalism. He also writes about bots and artificial intelligence for VentureBeat. He has built news startups in the U.S. and Europe for the last decade.

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