Based on 20 votes and 7 reviews
Look on Youtube and see how many White folks mouth off to the police and get let go and even get an apology from cops. Watch those videos and tell my why shes not treated with the same due diligence.
I TOTALLY AM EMBARRASSED. I am a black woman and from the beginning I was shaking my head. This woman took a very sensitive issue in the black community and turned it into a joke. First of all, why are you so defensive from the beginning with the officer?. (I COMMEND HIM AND HIS PATIENCE). He did nothing to deserve that type of treatment from anyone just getting a ticket. First you tell him to hurry up? WTF. You wanted to make a scene to get out of the ticket when you could have just closed your door and went with the process, he didnt just do this to you and racially or physically with the drive in line full. You wanted to tell him what you thought the law was argue with him... Again WHY? You seen the lights when he caught up to you because its a reflex and you watched him pull up behind you and then you wanted to act like he wasn't there when you got out? COME ON... You telling me you ain't seen those light behind you car? You knew what you were doing the whole time, erratically crying and then talk with the same breath! I feel you set us back and I am so embarrassed that you portrayed your self as this person that didn't deserve it, you deserved it. Please BLACK WOMAN, show the children that all they have to do is follow the law and keep it moving
I am surprised that this was rated so high by the critics. Unless there are a significant number of people who think that it is perfectly acceptable to be argumentative, disrespectful and untruthful to police in even the most innocuous of situations (routine traffic stop). She was all three from the outset. It then escalated to the point I questioned her sanity and wondered if she shouldn't have been tasered for her own good. She continues throughout the film to behave rather strange. The sad thing is that she teaches children.
Con't: ...stated that you are under arrest. It IS against the law to try flee from custody once you have been arrested. Furthermore, put yourself in this officers shoes. At no point did he do anything more than try to handcuff this woman. He had every right to use his Tazer, OC (pepper spray), or his fists...and he chose to use NONE of them! Listen closely when he describes the encounter, and then rewind it and watch it again. He isn't even denying slam her to the ground (while she was trying to get away from him after being told she was under arrest). It's one thing to not like the laws in your state. If so, go talk to your elected officials about that. But don't paint yourself as a victim of a crime that NEEDS to be taken seriously when it occurs (far too often). And don't do it on the back of an innocent man. This film disgusts me, and the fact that it was nominated for an award is telling of just how far political correctness has run amok in our society.
There are really two films here. The first is a collection of clips from 3 police cruisers which show this incident from beginning to end. The second one is a narrative about the woman arrested. In that part she reflects on her life a bit, and on herself as a teacher, African American woman, and over all as a person. She also talks about parts of the incident that led to her arrest. What bothers me so much is that for all of the Treyvon Martins, Freddy Greys, and Rodney Kings...she is not even remotely one of them! She is (in my opinion) a person who is looking to twist a situation that she caused to escalate, into something that it is not. And she fails for one simple reason...because the film maker actually included the dashcam video from the police cars, which clearly show this woman's dishonesty and hostility from the very beginning. If nothing else, the arresting officer should have been commended for how he managed a situation with a woman who from the very beginning was CLEARLY resisting lawful orders from an officer who was merely pulling her over for speeding (which she admitted to). It seems that this woman saw an opportunity to create a narrative to present herself as a victim, at a time when PLENTY of people are waiting to hear a story like this. And, had the film makers relied solely on the images of this woman as a teacher, with only her voice over guiding us through what it felt like to be 'victimized' like she was by the police that day, it probably would have a better chance of convincing any rational person who watches it. But that isn't the case here. Watch this film. Make your own choice. But please do so with an understanding of how encounters with the police are legally allowed to go. It IS against the law to speed. It IS against the law to lie to a police officer. It IS against the law to disobey a lawful order by a police officer. It IS against the law to resist an officer who is attempting to handcuff you once he has state
I completely agree with what the other reviewer below me said.
The main character incorrectly painted herself as a victim when she clearly had a role in the events leading to her arrest. From the onset of the videotape she attempted to manipulate the situation. First by getting out of her vehicle when being stopped by the officer. Then arguing with the officer about his authority to pull her over when she was already stopped; and her claim that her only reason for stopping and parking was to get something to eat, but without her wallet. She goes on to argue with the officer about getting back into her vehicle even amidst his many requests. Then she refuses to put her feet in the car, while continuing to argue with the officer and goes on to resist arrest, tell at him, talk as if she did nothing to warrant the initial stop or the officer repeated requests. All this before kicking the door of the car. Bottom line...had she remained in her car and adhered to the officers many requests, the most she may have had to deal with was paying a traffic fine and having her car insurance rates increase. Or, if she still felt she was incorrectly stopped, having to go through the hassle of taking a day off to appear in court to argue the ticket. But instead, she became immediately argumentative and increasingly bombastic. She was no victim of anything but the story she created in her head. Unfortunately there ARE real victims of this type of abuse out there. But the director certainly chose the wrong person(s) to highlight, thus negatively impacting hers and the real victims credibility.