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Killing Them Safely

  • Director: Nick Berardini
  • Genre(s): Drama, Documentary
  • Rating: NR
  • Running Time: 100 min.

Hundreds of deaths. Zero oversight. In the early 2000s, brothers Tom and Rick Smith revolutionized policing by marketing the Taser to law enforcement agencies. This supposedly safe alternative to handguns was supposed to curb the use of deadly forceā€”so why have over 500 people died from Taser-related injuries since? At a time when questions about police methods are at the forefront of the national dialogue, Killing Them Safely brings together startling archival footage and eye-opening interviews with experts on both sides of the debate to shed much-needed light on an urgent issue. [IFC Films]

We will be holding a post-show Q&A with director Nick Berardini after the Sunday screening of the film.

"The documentary could hardly be more timely or essential."
- David Edelstein, New York Magazine (Vulture)
"An important account of shifts in policing tactics and the problematic interaction between law enforcement and private companies."
- John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter
"With the intensified focus on use of force in police departments, the unsettling documentary Killing Them Safely couldn't be timelier."
- Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times