Peter Nicks' Documentary 'The Force' Looks Deep Inside the Oakland Police Department

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Bay Area filmmaker Peter Nicks' new documentary "The Force" takes a close look at the Oakland Police Department during a tumultuous period marked by a sexual exploitation scandal, serial resignations, and ongoing federal scrutiny. The filmmakers embedded with the agency for two years, and sat in on trainings and witnessed internal debates on the use force by officers. We discuss what the film reveals about the culture and inner workings of the department, and how OPD is working to rebuild the public’s trust.


Peter Nicks, documentary filmmaker, "The Force"

Leronne Armstrong, deputy chief, Oakland Police Department

Ben McBride, pastor; co-director, PICO California

Alex Emslie, reporter, KQED news