Peace Officer

Peace Officer

By Scott Christopherson & Brad Barber

  • Genre: Documentary
  • Release Date: 2015-09-18
  • Advisory Rating: Unrated
  • Runtime: 1h 49min
  • Director: Scott Christopherson & Brad Barber
  • Production Company: Sorø Films
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • iTunes Price: USD 9.99
  • iTunes Rent Price: USD 3.99
From 7 Ratings


Peace Officer is a feature documentary about the increasingly militarized state of American police as told through the story of William “Dub” Lawrence, a former sheriff who established and trained his rural state’s first SWAT team only to see that same unit kill his son-in-law in a controversial standoff 30 years later. Driven by an obsessed sense of mission, Dub uses his own investigative skills to uncover the truth in this and other recent officer involved shootings in his community while tackling larger questions about the changing face of peace officers nationwide.



  • Time For a Change

    By Red_riding_hood
    As someone who's always supported law enforcement perhaps blindly, this documentary was very eye-opening to say the least. Something has been wrong with our law enforcement tactics for a while now, but for some reason nothing has changed as of yet. This documentary brings to light some very valid (and very frightening) points that bring us to the conclusion that something must change, and soon, or the widening gap between police and community will become irreparable.
  • Fascinating documentary

    By Mhd user
    This is a well crafted and engrossing documentary that follows the investigation of several police-involved shootings. Given events in recent times and the number of police “murders” captured on cell phones (on the SF BART, in SC, in NY, etc.) the subject is relevant and the documentary team offers both officers and the families of the “victims” a chance to have their say. As you’ll see from other reviews, data, however well presented, doesn’t always help sway opinions, but whatever your thoughts on this topic, I think you’ll find this a worthwhile 90 minutes.
  • Impicker

    By dghamilton
    Impicker: are you really that stupid?
  • You're not cop, you're little people!

    By TinyZombie
    Several times during this film I paused and said “They can’t do that”, “that’s against procedure”, “how did they get away with that”, “the ballistics don’t match the story”. I don’t think it’s going to sway many opinions but it will make you ask, is this cop going to kill me?
  • Horrified

    By M Steele
    This was absolutely a wonderful documentary to watch. Having said that it is also scarier than any horror movie. Anyone who thinks these cops are justified to kill someone who is non-violent. Is just demented. If my front door was broke down in the middle of the night I would do anything to protect my family. Unless a 911 call is made and lives are in danger cops shouldn't be allowed to breach the door. Cops have more innocent blood on their hands than anybody growing marijuana in there basement. Our country needs to take a good hard look at itself and realize changes need to be made. Sickening.
  • It is NOT Deep!

    By josephpeng
    The unexpected deaths are the cost of freedom, rather than militarization. The militarization is the evolution paramount to the threat.
  • Righteous Cop

    By majorthomas
    This is the very infrequent chance to see the life of a true police officer. I live in Long Beach and worked Downtown during much of the plot details. The hard line of Gates who was a terrible person to be in charge of peace out here in CA. The sad fact that police are using equipment from Costco and then putting a ram on the front (cost $$$$$$$$); is really been ridiculous in a city where I am a white man with so many friends and family of all colors. This is a good thing for people who have started to loose all faith in cops. This shows that the LAPD is made up of every race and they should be taken orders from someone who doesn't see people as the enemy. I love Police and FBI and even CIA creeps when they are aware of the real problems and who learn as they mature in roles of strength or decay into the days of old that this film contains. Major respect for 'Dub' and his old school brilliant mind that is needed for us young men.
  • My strongest endorsement

    By Studly Field Mouse
    Over and over again, we witness law officers telling us that when they suddenly crash through our doors screaming insanely, that in a split second we should somehow magically know for sure that they are real police, and that we should know exactly how to behave to get through the ordeal alive. These cops are worse than many criminals. And the problem doesn’t seem to be getting any better.
  • Unfairly Biased

    By anthonyvtoscano
    A man beats his wife, then calls 911 and walks out to his truck, where he has two guns stored and loaded. SWAT arrives, but he refuses for hours to exit his truck, instead firing a round—at no one, granted; but he fires first. Hours later the police tear gas him out of his truck, and not long after, they shoot and kill him. Sorry he died, but if you’re stupid enough to wave a gun in the presence of police, then don’t blame the cops.
  • To: police officer

    By Impicker
    Wouldn’t it be easier to just enter a home and just shoot people. Obviously you’re your not going to go to prison.