Apr. 28 | Indie Lens Pop-Up: 'Peace Officer'

Apr 14, 2016

FREE – Thursday, April 28 , at 7 p.m. | Preview the film and join the conversation on the rising questions about the dangers of increased militarization of American police.  | RESERVE SEATS HERE 

Indie Lens Pop-Up, presented by the Independent Television Service (ITVS), Independent Lens, and WKAR and Project 60/50 at Michigan State, is excited to offer an advance screening of Peace Officer, a film by filmmakers Scott Christopherson and Brad Barber. The film tells the story of how former sheriff William 'Dub' Lawrence established Utah's first SWAT team, only to witness the same unit kill his son-in-law 30 years later.

The evening begins with a screening of the film and continues with conversation as panelists comment on the film from personal experiences and expertise. 

The panelists are Dr. Juli Liebler, assistant professor and director of Outreach in the School of Criminal Justice at MSU; Robert Nelson, Lansing ACLU board of directors; and Gene Wriggelsworth, Ingham County sheriff.

Free with Reservation
This event is free, but registration is required. |  RESERVE SEATS HERE

WKAR Indie Lens Pop-Up takes place in the Communication Arts & Sciences Media Auditorium (Room 145), 404 Wilson Road on the campus of Michigan State University. Parking is free (after 6 p.m.) in the Trowbridge Road parking ramp, near the South, Main Lobby. 

More About "Peace Officer"
Peace Officer is a documentary about the increasingly militarized state of American police as told through the story of William "Dub" Lawrence, a former sheriff who established 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 investigation 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.

On the Air
Peace Officer airs on Monday, May 9, 2016 at 9 p.m. (check local listings) on WKAR and PBS.