Frontline: Policing The Police
In recent years, few topics have dominated the American conversation like the debate over race, policing and civil rights. The new FRONTLINE documentary, Policing the Police, is a provocative journey inside one police force that's been ordered to reform by the Department of Justice: the Newark Police Department in New Jersey, which was found to have a pattern of civil rights abuses against the city's black residents.
In Policing the Police, writer and historian Jelani Cobb gives viewers a raw and complex look at the challenge of changing how cops operate in a place like Newark: a poor city plagued by violent crime, where the victims and the perpetrators are usually black, and the police force itself is largely black and Latino. The documentary examines the difficulties of fixing a broken relationship with the community after decades of mutual mistrust, and includes candid interviews with Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, who is now trying to shake up the department from the inside.
Take a nuanced glimpse into how topics in the national discussion about race and policing are playing out every day on the streets of Newark, in community members' homes, and in the city's police precincts. This is a must-watch look inside a police force in transition, and a powerful case study in the broader debate over policing in America.
Producer: Anya Bourg, James Jacoby, Frank Koughan
Executive Producer: Ken Druckerman, Banks Tarver, Raney Aronson-Rath
Production Company: WGBH/Boston
Production Year: 2016
Copyright Year: 2016
Director: James Jacoby
Host: Jelani Cobb
Writers: Jelani Cobb, James Jacoby
Subtitle Language: English (SDH)
Audio Format: Stereo
Aspect Ratio: 16x9 Widescreen