‘Controversial’ Police Video Maker To Show Bayview Documentary

Via the Chron:

The San Francisco police officer at the center of the department’s recent video scandal is trying to reclaim his original filmmaking intention — and his colleagues’ reputation — with a free public screening Wednesday afternoon of his documentary on police life in Bayview-Hunters Point that the filmmaker said put the controversial videos in context.

Officer Andrew Cohen had just finished making “Inside the SFPD: The Bayview” when he became one of 24 officers suspended last month in connection with the making of videos that Mayor Gavin Newsom and Police Chief Heather Fong called racist, sexist and homophobic. An investigation continues into the matter. . . .

Scheduled to be screened for free at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at the 4-Star Theater, at 2200 Clement St., “Inside” is the latest of several such mini-documentaries that Cohen has made about San Francisco’s police officers since 1998. The series, called “Hearts of the City,” won numerous local awards and aired on KRON-TV and local cable outlets. . . .

Cohen is showing it at the Richmond District theater because an acquaintance helped him obtain donated screen time and equipment there. He said he would love to show it “in the Bayview or in any other neighborhood where I could.”

“The problem is now I don’t have any contacts in the Bayview, not at the station or anywhere,” said Cohen, who has been reassigned to the Police Department’s records room at the Hall of Justice. “I’m kind of an outcast there.”

The end of the article proves that Peter Ragone has perhaps the least fun job in the city right now, continuing to parrot tired justifications for Newsom’s overreaction to the incident as he characterizes Cohen’s decried videos as “making fun of Chief Fong’s Asian heritage.” I’ve said my piece about that fallacy already.

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