In one arresting scene in Do Not Resist, Craig Atkinson’s new documentary about the culture of American policing, Dave Grossman, a man who conducts police training seminars, reportedly tells a group of officers that the best sex of their lives is waiting for them in the moments after they kill someone.
“Both partners are very invested in some very intense sex,” Grossman insists, according to The Washington Post. “There’s not a whole lot of perks that come with this job. You find one, relax and enjoy it.”
The endorsement of murder as a means of improving one’s sex life is meant to shock you when you hear it, but Do Not Resist is aiming to tell a story about how that kind of thinking permeates certain segments of police culture. As the film’s trailer shows, the subjects of the film feel that “officer” and “warrior” are interchangeable identities that they shift between in their everyday interactions with the public.