The Film That Exposes the Troubling Reality of Policing Issues in America
I Got a Monster
Year Released: 2023
Runtime: 1h 30m
Director(s): Kevin Abrams
Writer(s): Brandon Soderberg (based on the book by) Baynard Woods (based on the book by)
Where To Watch: In Theatres and VOD March 10
RAVING REVIEW: Looking for a documentary that dives deeper into a story that some would prefer not to be told? Look no further than I GOT A MONSTER, the gripping film by director Kevin Abrams. This documentary takes you deep into the seedy underbelly of American law enforcement as it uncovers the shocking story of the Gun Trace Task Force (GTTF) in Baltimore.
Abrams creates an intense and shocking experience for viewers, making this film a must-see for anyone who loves to learn and see people held accountable for their actions. But don't be fooled - this film isn't just about the story at the front. It also sheds light on the ongoing corruption within law enforcement and the need to improve at all levels.
The GTTF was a corrupt police unit that wreaked havoc on Baltimore for over a decade, targeting vulnerable individuals in their district and arresting them on false charges to extort money, drugs, or other favors. Sadly, the justice system often sided with the police, making it nearly impossible to hold them accountable.
I GOT A MONSTER is a timely and relevant film that contributes to the conversation surrounding policing issues in America. This documentary tells the story of those abused and silenced by the GTTF, reminding us of the importance of finding solutions to these problems. This documentary is based in part on the book by Baynard Woods and Brandon Soderberg titled “I Got a Monster: The Rise and Fall of America's Most Corrupt Police Squad.”
The GTTF scandal rocked Baltimore to its core, exposing how special police task forces can take gross advantage of the power given to them. While the film targets the story of the task force in Baltimore, this is often the same situation in task forces like this nationwide. These particular units often tend toward rogue gang-like operations that brutalize the populace and undermine respect for legitimate policing.
This perversion of law enforcement calls for investigation and reform. I GOT A MONSTER brings attention to this issue and reminds us of the importance of questioning the tactics used by law enforcement. Baltimore is a city that has experienced an increase in gun violence and drug-related issues, leading to a growing murder rate. Cops are put in a position where their primary responsibility is to prove that something is being done, creating a culture of police officers being able to do their job without accountability.
In conclusion, I GOT A MONSTER is a powerful and thought-provoking documentary that shines a light on the corrupt side of law enforcement. It underscores the importance of holding law enforcement accountable and finding solutions to policing issues in America.
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