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Directed by Craig Atkinson

United States 2016 73 mins. In English

Winner of the Best Documentary award at the Tribeca Film Festival, Do Not Resist starts on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri as the community grapples with the death of Michael Brown and offers a stunning look at the current state of policing in America and glimpses into the future of increasingly militarized forces. From a ride along with a South Carolina SWAT team, to a look inside a police training seminar that teaches the importance of “righteous violence,” to the floor of a congressional hearing on the proliferation of armed-combat equipment, a picture emerges of a future of high-end weapons and battlefield tactics in communities large and small.  

Sponsored by School of Social Work at Portland State University



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