"The first major documentary on a topic of fast-rising public interest — the increasing militarization of U.S. police departments — “Peace Officer” turns out to be as engrossing and well crafted as it is timely" -- VARIETY

"Brad Barber and Scott Christopherson’s half “The Thin Blue Line” - style crime procedural, half political study about the militarization and overreach of police, is a refreshingly objective and levelheaded documentary that’s as culturally relevant as it is expertly paced and captivating." -- IndieWire

"A powerful and important film about policing tactics that have crept into everyday usage with little scrutiny" -- THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

“Scott Christopherson & Brad Barber's "Peace Officer” is the most level-headed treatment I have seen so far in the growing debate over police use of deadly force.” -- ROGEREBERT.COM

"Filmmakers Scott Christopherson and Brad Barber make Dub Lawrence the face of America’s complex crisis over the militarization of law enforcement."


"Whatever the viewer’s politics, Peace Officer is an important film, likely to challenge, provoke, anger, and sadden in equal measures." -- Christianity Today

"Although directors Scott Christopherson and Brad Barber clearly have a point to make, they show enough restraint to avoid making it a tired polemic." -- PBS DOC SOUP

"This film has the potential to affect a huge, positive change in America at a time it’s desperately needed. -- HAMMER TO NAIL

"Lethal Force: Sheriff Confronts SWAT Team he Founded in Peace Officer" -- THE CREDITS

"Topical, important and personal. For me, this is the most compelling documentary at the fest." -- PBS DOC SOUP

"Best Documentary Feature of SXSW 2015" -- INDIEWIRE CRITICSWIRE NETWORK

"A powerful and important film about policing tactics that have crept into everyday usage with little scrutiny" -- THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

SXSW 2015: Films That Were the Talk of the Festival -- the New York Times

SXSW: 13 Buzziest Movies at this Year’s Film Festival” -- Variety

"With public sentiment turning against police militarization, it's tempting to make a one-sided documentary condemning it. But filmmakers Brad Barber and Scott Christopherson take an admirably balanced approach." -- Slackerwood

"The 20 Most Anticipated Films Of The 2015 SXSW Film Festival" -- IndieWire

15 Picks for the 2015 SXSW Film Festival and Conference -- Filmmaker Magazine

"SXSW 2015: 20 Most Anticipated Film Fest Highlights" -- HITFIX

“Documentary features shine light on hot topics at SXSW” by Meagan Keane -- ADOBE (PREMIERE PRO BLOG)

“SXSW 2015: Documentary Overview” by Basil Tsiokos -- WHAT (NOT) TO DOC

"Makes a convincing case for a radical re-examination of the way force is used by police" -- AUSTIN CHRONICLE

"Peace Officer raises plenty of questions” -- AUSTIN 360

"Really opened my eyes to some serious issues that are going on in this country.” -- CRAVE ONLINE

“Peace Officer tackles an increasingly relevant issue in a fashion that is both dramatic and thoughtful.” -- CRAVE ONLINE

“"Peace Officer Puts a Face on Police Militarization” -- the Austin Chronicle

"A deeply touching and profoundly important piece of work." -- CRITERION CAST

“Former sheriff: ‘I felt betrayed by my profession” -- America Tonight on Al Jazeera America

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