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US Police: Protecting or Abusing the Public?


By Suzanne Goldstein

On Monday, September 18, Occupy San Miguel Allende will be presenting Do Not Resist, which won the Tribeca Film Festival Best Documentary award for 2016. Craig Atkinson’s film, according to The Guardian, “shows how US police have become an occupying army and asks an important question: How did we get here?”

The director’s father had been a police officer and member of SWAT teams for many years in Detroit. Atkinson was granted unprecedented access to police conventions and equipment expositions for a look at power and force from the inside. He was also a ride-along with a SWAT team that destroyed a family’s home for a gram of loose marijuana, after which they confiscated all the family’s money. After the Boston Marathon bombing, he became very concerned with the tactics that police were using on innocent civilians. That began his three-year journey of investigation.

One year later, Ferguson happened. Atkinson saw for the first time the military might of the police in full form and force: in footage from congressional hearings; in a video of James Comey addressing police conventions; and in a most disturbing scene of Dave Grossman, the top motivational lecturer of police officers in the United States, stating that: “We are at war and you are the frontline. What do you fight violence with? Superior violence! Righteous violence! Violence is your tool! You are men and women of violence!” Finally, futuristic surveillance techniques developed in the wars abroad were being used to an alarming degree here at home. Minority Report, anyone? Along with the film, we will show a brief interview with Craig Atkinson.

By the way, you will not find this film on Netflix. Right before Tribeca, the director was offered a deal for an amount in the mid six figures. His first thought was that he could finally pay off his student loans! However, Netflix insisted that they would have creative control and the right to edit the film as they saw fit, without his input. So after much thought Atkinson turned down the deal, even after they sweetened the pot. Business Insider wrote an article investigating this and Netflix’s business practices.

Occupy SMA’s meetings and films are free and open to all. Join us for the movie and a discussion in the Quinta Loreto TV room on Monday, September 18 at 1pm.


Meeting and Film

Occupy SMA presents Do Not Resist

Mon, Sep 18, 1pm

Quinta Loreto Hotel, TV room

Loreto 15, Centro



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