Pierce Welcomes “Peace Officer” – Cameron Gonsalves

May 11, 2016


Franklin Pierce University’s Spagnuolo Hall where the film “Peace Officer” was screened for the FP Community. (Photo by Cameron Gonsalves)

Rindge, NH – On Tuesday May 3, the Marlin Fitzwater Center for Communication and NH Public Television provided a free screening of the documentary “Peace Officer” in Spagnuolo Hall. Criminal Justice Professor Jerry Levine was the host for this event that was sponsored by Indie Lens Pop-Up, a neighborhood series that has visited FPU on numerous occasions throughout the academic year.

William “Dub” Lawrence is the main character that provides an eye-opening story of his experience in law enforcement. Dub, a former sheriff, established the first SWAT team in Utah but his life would change forever after the unit that he created took the life of his son-in law 30 years later.

Throughout the documentary, Dub and his family give insight on the standoff with his SWAT team as he searches for answers and truth behind the death of his son-in law and other controversial shootings by law enforcement. This was a unique opportunity for all in attendance and there was a lot to take away from this documentary that highlighted the relationship between law enforcement and the public.

Freshman Aaron Jacobson states, “I am really glad that I was able to be a part of this event because it was really interesting to learn about how Dub established his own SWAT team in Utah and the obstacles that he overcame throughout his career in law enforcement.” The film “Peace Officer” by Scott Christopherson and Brad Barber premieres nationally on PBS on Monday, May 9 at 9/8c.

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