The Force

Peter Nicks
USA 2017

Considered one of the most dangerous cities in the U.S. per capita, Oakland and its police force have been placed under federal oversight since 2002 in response to a string of misconduct cases. On this film, director Peter Nicks captures the voices of local residents and activists who still have issues with the department that turned a blind eye to four veteran officers dubbed the “Oakland Riders,” who allegedly planted evidence and kidnapped their own citizens. Shot in a crucial time period from 2014 to 2016, the film overlaps with the Black Lives Matter movement and a nationwide public scrutiny of police brutality. Nicks simultaneously lends the audience an internal perspective of the Oakland Police Department through Chief Sean Whent, a man with a noble goal to cut police shootings and violence. But when a sex scandal erupts involving fourteen Oakland officers and an underage girl, Whent considers resignation. (Sundance Film Festival)

  • Peter Nicks
  • Linda Davis
  • Lawrence Lerew
  • Lawrence Lerew
  • Peter Nicks
  • Lawrence Lerew
  • Justin Melland
  • Sean Whent
  • Officer Jonathan Cairo
  • Officer Johnna Watson
  • Ben McBride
  • Cat Brooks
Open’hood Films, Independent Television Service

Cinetic Media

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