(Scott Christopherson, Brad Barber, U. S.). 109 minutes. Rating: NNN In light of recent newsmaking violence between civilians and the police, there’s a fine doc to be made about the increased militarization of the police in the U. S. And filmmakers Scott Christopherson and Brad Barber have an intriguing subject in William “Dub” Lawrence, a former sheriff who helped establish Utah’s first S.W. A.T. team in the 1970s only to see his son-in- law unnecessarily killed by such a team decades later.
When it follows Lawrence and his CSIlike investigations, it’s gripping stuff. The man uncovers lots of new evidence and speaks eloquently and persuasively, although he’s got a habit of smiling like a politician throughout. Too bad Peace Officer is cluttered with different cases and too many talking heads, many saying the same things. That detracts from its power. GS Apr 27, 7 pm, Scotiabank 4; Apr 28, 1 pm, TIFF 1; Apr 30, 1:15 pm, Isabel Bader