Behind the enduring images of heroic rescues undertaken by the New Orleans Police Department in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, there is another story of law enforcement in crisis, even out of control. "Law & Disorder," a year-long, ongoing collaboration among FRONTLINE, ProPublica and the New Orleans Times-Picayune, investigates charges that NOPD officers inappropriately used lethal force against New Orleans citizens and then tried to cover up their actions. Airing days before the fifth anniversary of one of the deadliest hurricanes in U.S. history and drawing from reports published in a real-time online investigation, FRONTLINE takes a fresh look at how the NOPD performed when the rules of civilized society collapsed.
Through extraordinary first person narratives, ‘Law and Disorder’ is ablow by blow account of what happens when man takes on the machine,David challenges Goliath… when whistleblowers take on the authorities. Winner of the 2010 Logie for Most Outstanding Factual Program. Watch the 2010-Logie-Award-winning look into the world of government misconduct, crime, corruption and the ordinary citizens who try to expose it all. But ‘Law and Disorder’ is NOT just the whistleblowers’ account of their take on extraordinary events. It’s a series that allows the audience to see a fresh perspective on stories they may recall from nightly news some months or years before – an opportunity to see the other side of the story, or to reveal new facts or outcomes. ‘Law and Disorder’ is NOT a current affairs show. It’s documentary at its best, using the full spectrum of inventive editing and storytelling techniques to present compelling yarns.
Louis travels to Johannesburg, where the residents find themselves increasingly besieged by crime, as he concludes his look at the issue of law and disorder in this volatile and crime-ridden city. Despairing of the capability of the police and the courts to protect them, many residents have turned to an industry of private security offering protection for a price. Are the sometimes brutal methods of these private police really a solution, or just another part of the problem?
Louis Theroux, our favorite reporter goes into Philadelphia to document the horrors the residents and officers see daily. This intriguing documentary shows the public what life is like in a very real and non-glamorized way, something we rarely see in American news outlets.