Oscar-nominated documentary 'Traffic Stop' coming to HBO on Feb. 19

Source: HBO Press Release 

Traffic Stop

Recently nominated for an Academy Award for Documentary Short Subject "Traffic Stop" will be coming to HBO on Feb. 19 at 8 p.m. EST. The film will also be available on HBO On Demand, HBO Now, HBO Go, and affiliate portals beginning on Feb. 16, before its debut on the main HBO channel.

"Traffic Stop" is the story of Breaion King. On June 15, 2015, the schoolteacher was pursued by a police officer in Austin, Texas. As seen on the patrol car’s dash cam, Officer Bryan Richter closed in on King’s car over the course of several blocks, and eventually caught up with her in the parking lot of a fast-food restaurant, where she exited her car.

Ordered to return to her vehicle, the 108-pound King soon found herself in a brutal struggle with Officer Richter, who was eventually joined at the scene by two other police officers, as dash cams and interior cameras recorded the events that followed.

"Traffic Stop" juxtaposes raw footage of King’s arrest and conversation with scenes from her everyday routine, offering a vivid portrait of a woman whose life is forever changed one afternoon by a sudden encounter with law enforcement.

King’s lawsuit against Officer Richter who remained on active duty for more than two years after her arrest is still pending. Earlier this year, following another violent incident, Richter was dismissed from the force. Police union officials plan to appeal.

"Traffic Stop" was directed by Kate Davis and produced by David Heilbroner. In addition to its Academy Award nomination, "Traffic Stop" won the Grand Jury Prize in the Shorts Competition at DOC NYC 2017.