Middlemen is not an anti-police film but an anti-corruption, anti-brutality, and anti-corporate interest in policing and prisons film. We are pro fair, pro just, and expect the same out of the criminal justice system.
Middlemen Documentary presents social and civil issues of the criminal justice system through heartfelt stories of injustice and advocates dedicated to change.
Middle Men, as a documentary, addresses the social and civil issues of the U.S. Criminal Justice system by presenting real accounts of injustice told by the family members of the victims. Each story reveals different issues within the criminal justice system. In Three out of Five cases, no indictment was issued. None of the officers were convicted in these cases.
Former NYPD officer Baron Marquis states that there are five pillars of the criminal justice system. From this we have two castes in this country, black and white.
Those with previous positions in law enforcement share their story about life behind the blue wall and how they believe the criminal justice system is intended to operate. Now that they are no longer bound by silence their stories chip away at the infamous blue wall.
Terms like broken windows, ‘Compstat’, quota, targeting and mis-classification cross paths with loss of life incidents.
We are in fact learning about the middle men who operate in a broken system.
Cohorts of these operations are driven by ‘Compstat’ an operational management system driven by performance measures. Compstat also closely resembles metrics used by the military for planning and strategy. This model is known to the public as quota driven policing and unravels as justifiable targeting that creates a point of penetration for bodies to enter the court system. Policing is revealed as a mentality by former officers who explain policing is mired in so much bureaucracy that they found it difficult to exhibit discretion and compassion in the communities they served. As a result, cases involving minorities were not only mishandled in the form of wrongful and deadly aggression, but also mass targeting promoted under stop-and-frisk policies, creating further mistrust between the community and the police in communities of color. The middle man policing mentality is depicted from various perspectives, former police officers, the public affected by police brutality, and the formally incarcerated individuals share their individual stories. These stories of the group members are intertwined with, agencies, lawyers, and educators.
To understand the concept of the middle man role law enforcement plays, we researched the evolution of policing from post slavery to the current use of ‘Compstat’, and found that whether it was because of the war on drugs or broken windows offenses, how the criminal justice system treated people of color seemed rooted in old white supremacist values of keeping ‘the people’ in line, cheap labor, and continued colonization despite whether an individual officer was actually racist. The problematic values deeply weighed in systematic policies and laws police officials are bound by and exhibited by officers of all races, nationality and genders. Policing is revealed as a mentality, a culture of ‘self’ with too much power over the public.