16 Shots (2019) Poster

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Justice served or Justice thwarted?
jrneptune18 June 2019
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Well told documentary from what I could see. Balanced stories presenting a clear timeline of events. How the Police Union sought to take control of the story to protect not the community but to protect their own. How the truth did eventually get exposed and how even a jury decided that the officer was indeed responsible.

Only to have the judge rule against the jury decision and he basically reduce what could have been a life sentence to a few years instead.

The bigger story could be said to have been the impact the decision had on the city. It would eventually ruin the careers of everyone from the mayor, police chief, DA, and many more. The city and the country is still feeling the impact.

My father was a NYPD Police detective but I would hope Police Unions still realize although the need to help officers the community they serve still is part of the equation. To serve and Protect should be much more than a catch phrase.
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6/10
Informative, and not overt
asc858 October 2019
While all filmmakers have a point of view, I think if there were any biases in "16 Shots," they are not overt, and I appreciated that. Of course there is no doubt that some people will disagree with this previous statement. This film covers an extremely polarizing event that took place in Chicago, and I recognize that it's hard to stay politically neutral. I consider myself pro-police, but I also thought the shooting of Laquan McDonald was dead wrong.

The other interesting tidbit in this movie was seeing a pre-Jussie Smollett version of Kim Foxx.
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3/10
Not the WHOLE story.
Michele716929 June 2019
Honestly..this police officer should have been fired long before this incident took place. He had wayyy to many complaints of abuse of authority to still be on the street. But what angers me about these stories is that they clump ALL police officers in the same bubble when MOST police officers are good people who risk their lives daily. It's like saying EVERY doctor sucks because one had bad bedside manner. It's stupid! The other thing that angers me is the fact that they call this 17 year old "just a kid" who wanted to make people smile. Hello! He was breaking into cars that night and wielding a KNIFE! Not saying he deserved to die...I'm saying he was not an innocent child. If you are going to give the background of the officer....give the background of the MAN he shot!! It's dishonest!!
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5/10
Well done
redroominparis25 June 2019
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Great to hear multiple perspectives here. Mr. McDonald clearly pulled out a deadly weapon as he weaved in and out of multiple police vehicles.

Unfortunately for him, deadly forced was used, justifiably (based on a the footage) to neutralize the threat.

Basically, don't ignore officers requests. Don't wave deadly weapons. Am I missing something?

You can always file a lawsuit if your rights are violated, if you are a law abiding citizen.

Ironically, I remember the same celebration when Orethal James Simpson was found not guilty.

Great documentary but had a hint of an agenda.
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