A pair of officers with the San Antonio Police Department mental health unit work to divert people away from jail and into mental health treatment.
User Reviews: Two cops roll up to a man yelling and screaming unintelligibly, waving a 10" kitchen knife wildly while turning in circles in the middle of a highway. Hands on holsters, they yell a firm "Police! Drop it!" command as they approach.
Ernie & Joe is a movie that will change your view on what happens next in the above scenario. After learning time and again that an agitated person is likely to respond with "No, YOU drop it, (insert favorite I-hate-cops word here)", well, that’s exactly what the San Antonio police did.
Dropped the uniforms. The 80-pound belt with 39 tactical weapons. The command stance. The command and control strategy that prevails and …well, often fails.
Watch these two officers, meet their families, hear their stories, and watch a world in which tales that start in distress more often end in hope.