Killing Them Safely

Nick Berardini

Hundreds of deaths. Zero oversight. In the early 2000s, brothers Tom and Rick Smith revolutionized policing by marketing the Taser to law enforcement agencies. This supposedly safe alternative to handguns was supposed to curb the use of deadly force—so why have over 500 people died from Taser-related injuries since? At a time when questions about police methods are at the forefront of the national dialogue, KILLING THEM SAFELY brings together startling archival footage and eye-opening interviews with experts on both sides of the debate to shed much-needed light on an urgent issue.

Directed by Columbia, MO filmmaker Nick Berardini, producers include Missouri filmmaker Brock Williams. Official Selection, Tribeca Film Festival, HotDocs Film Festival.

KILLING THEM SAFELY made its Chicago Premiere at the Midwest Independent Film Festival on Tuesday, March 1, 2016.