Peace Officer

Peace Officer

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

A former sheriff will stop at nothing to confront the SWAT team he founded.

The increasingly tense relationship between law enforcement and the public is seen through the eyes of someone who's been on both sides: a former sheriff who established Utah's first SWAT team, only to see the same unit kill his son-in-law in a controversial standoff 30 years later. Now a private investigator, Dub seeks the truth in this case and other officer-involved shootings. On Monday, April 25 at 7pm at the Little Theatre when its Indie Pop Up series presents Peace Officer, directed by Scott Christopherson and Brad Barber. The documentary looks at the recent controversy of officer involved shootings and SWAT team raids through the eyes of a former officer and now private investigator. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion led by Sasha-Ann Simons, Multimedia Reporter/Producer for WXXI News. Panelists include: Cynthia Herriott Sullivan, Chief Operating Officer of Seamless Communications Group; Hon. Stephen T. Miller, Rochester City Court; and Adam DeVincentis, Union Secretary of the Locust Club.

The film follows the personal mission of Dub Lawrence, a retired SWAT team leader who has dedicated himself to identifying and exposing the corruption present in modern day law enforcement. Inspired by the shooting death of his son-in-law, Dub will stop at nothing to reestablish the justice he strived to bring to law enforcement 30 years prior. Peace Officer combines shocking facts with the heart breaking emotion of first hand experience to create conversations around this growing problem.

About Indie Lens Pop-Up

Indie Lens Pop-Up is a neighborhood series that brings people together for film screenings and community-driven conversations. Featuring documentaries seen on the PBS series Independent Lens, Indie Lens Pop-Up draws local residents, leaders, and organizations to discuss what matters most, from newsworthy topics to family and relationships. Make friends, share stories, and join the conversation. 

More About the Panalists

Sasha-Ann Simons: A native of Kingston, Jamaica, Sasha-Ann comes to Rochester after spending her formative years growing up in Toronto, Canada. She studied broadcasting at Ryerson University, where she received a Bachelor of Journalism. Sasha-Ann earned her first news gig as a chase producer at CityTV, while still a college freshman. She subsequently took on various roles in other Toronto newsrooms as a videographer, host, and producer, and was part of the award-winning Global TV news team.

Cynthia Herriott-Sullivan: After more than 20 years in law enforcement, Cynthia Herriott-Sullivan has learned how to appropriately handle interactions with the polics and public. Her unique perspective makes her a tremendous asset as Chief Executive Officer of Rise Up Rochester, a nonprofit human services agency that empowers the community to establish and maintain a nonviolent culture. Her main focus continues to be to support the victims of violent crime, as well as their families.

Hon. Stehpen T. Miller: Throughout his career, Judge Miller has been helping young people cross bridges to achieve their dreams. He is particularly known for mentoring younger attorneys and, while he was a prosecutor, recruiting young attorneys to join the Monroe County District’s Attorney’s Office.

Adam DeVincentis: Adam is the Union Secretary for the Rochester Police Locust Club, representing 700+ members from the rank of Officer to Captain in the Rochester Police Department. He has been a member of the Locust Club Executive Board for 12 years and has held an Executive Officer Position for almost 8 of those years. He works on the organizations contract and healthcare negotiation teams and represents its members in PSS (Internal Affairs), when they face accusations of wrongdoing. Adam has a Certificate Degree in Labor Studies from Cornell University and is currently a Police Sergeant in the Clinton Section with the Police Department.