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Filmmaker Examines 'Officer Involved' Shootings

March 21, 2016  | 

Filmmaker Patrick Shaver spent the last two years traveling the country to talk with officers who have been involved in on-the-job shootings, to find out their struggles and how they cope for a documentary, reports WJXT.

So far this year the Jacksonville (FL) Sheriff's Office has had four officer-involved shootings, and last year it had 10.

Shaver showed his documentary to local officers at the Fraternal Order of Police-- hoping the film will help the officers and their families.

More than 90 officers were interviewed for the documentary, titled "Officer Involved."

The film's creator, who has a law enforcement background, hopes to bring awareness to how officers are perceived after these shootings.

"It basically walks the viewer through what led you to this job as a police officer… to what was it like in the aftermath of your shooting," said Shaver.

It's a topic that leaders at the FOP and the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office believe is important. They teamed up to bring a screening of the film to the area over the weekend.

Shaver said he has a road trip coming up this summer, on which he'll be screening the film at police departments nationwide. He also hopes the film will be considered for a film festival.

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kevCopAz @ 3/21/2016 11:24 PM

Seems to be a worthwhile effort and perhaps will help both LEOs and the public to learn something about the subject based upon a fair and honest evaluation of the "human factor" of police. What a concept.

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