City Council Members Jen Cavenaugh and Teddy King, and School Board Members Cory Smegal, Sarah Pearson, and Andrea Swensen and Piedmont Appreciating Diversity Committee (PADC) invite you to come together for a screening of The Force, Pete Nicks' compelling documentary about the Oakland Police Department.
Harry Vaughn, Sundance Film Festival: Sprawling, immediate, and complex, Peter Nicks’s vérité documentary moves like a pulsing, timely thriller. In 2014, after over a decade of federal monitoring for misconduct and civil rights abuses, the Oakland Police Department hires Chief Sean Whent—a young, clear-eyed idealist—in hopes of bridging an historically tense divide between its officers and the community they serve. Whent’s intentions and calls for transparency are immediately met with enthusiasm, but as his tenure begins, the realities of his department’s scandal-plagued past coincide with fresh accusations of brutality and harassment.
Also, check out this KQED Forum piece on Tues. Sept. 12, 2017 featuring guests: