The trailer for Do Not Resist, Craig Atkinson’s documentary about how the American police are trained to use extreme force, has just been released — and if it confirms things you may have already guessed about police training, the extremes it depicts are certainly still horrifyingly informative.
From the shooting ranges to the streets of Ferguson in the midst of protests in the aftermath of the fatal shooting of unarmed black 18-year-old Michael Brown to the capital, Do Not Resist reveals a police state where officers are encouraged to treat their jobs like they’re at war. Flavorwire Film Editor Jason Bailey saw the film at Tribeca, where it won Best Documentary, and wrote:
The filmmaking is impressive – no narration, little expert testimony, mostly just cameras observing the terrifying present – and the question Atkinson ultimately asks couldn’t be more timely: with $34 billion spent on military weapons to local police since 9/11, do you feel safer?
The film will open at New York’s Film Forum on September 30, before gradually expanding to select cities (Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle in October, then Washington, D.C., Chicago, Boston, Detroit, St Louis, Austin.)
Watch the trailer: