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Sound of the Police

By Sabrina McFarland, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Docu examines racism in U.S. police; language; violence.

Movie NR 2023 85 minutes
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Black filmmaker Stanley Nelson (Crack: Cocaine, Corruption & Conspiracy) exhibits a well-researched look at the often tumultuous relationship between African Americans and the U.S. police force. The commentary in Sound of the Police by experts such as activists, historians, and professors, as well as personal anecdotes, continues to shed a major spotlight on this timely topic.

LeRonne Armstrong, the Black chief of police in Oakland, California, recalls his own story as a teen. At age 13 and in a car driven by his uncle while en route to his grandfather's home to celebrate Christmas, they were "pulled over for what appeared to us for no reason." Released without any citation, Armstrong believes they were stopped "because of how we look." But according to Black historian Jelani Cobb, "it's not simply a question of the prejudices of police, it's an issue of the prejudices of society that the police function in."

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