PEACE OF­FI­CER

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(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

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