Last year, more than 200 unarmed black men were killed by police. Every week, almost two people are killed by the police in the US. Half of them are black. We investigated for months, with a simple question in mind: why?
In the most developed country of the world and the richest nation, why do police kill so many unarmed people? Why are black people overwhelmingly targeted by police?
We traveled the country, contacted more than a hundred police departments. None of them wanted to be filmed or interviewed. One accepted our TV crew. In Pittsburgh, PA, we were able to film the daily work of the police; we investigated their training and found incredibly shocking trainings, where violence is the only motto.
We spent days with the black community; in neighborhoods where people are so afraid of the police that kids have classes about how to behave with police. The simple idea of a police encounter terrifies them. Places where distrust between police and the community have come to a point of no return.
This documentary will take you from New York to Selma, through an in-depth investigation of US Police. How do they train, how do they work and what are they trained to do. In this documentary, you’ll hear the incredible story of a man that almost died under police fire, during a routine traffic stop. You’ll also see that police racism is not a myth. An ex-cop tells us all, and describes the violent racist system he witnessed as a Philadelphia police officer. You’ll also see that there’s still hope. US Police Departments are fighting to get a very expensive training, about implicit bias. They’re booked out, and tour the country with one goal: raise the awareness about police racism and biases, to put an end to this.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Julie Lotz is a French filmmaker and producer with a degree in Politics and Journalism. She worked in Paris for 4 years before settling in Brooklyn in August 2014.