Women in Blue
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Women in Blue

About the Film

Filmed from 2017-2020, Women in Blue follows Minneapolis’ first female police chief Janeé Harteau, as she works to reform the Minneapolis Police Department by diversifying the ranks and promoting women into every rank of leadership. The film focuses on four women in Harteau’s department, each trying to redefine what it means to protect and serve. After a high-profile, officer-involved shooting forces Chief Harteau to resign, the new, male chief selects only men as his top brass. The women left behind must grapple with working to rebuild community trust, in a department where women have lost power. MORE

Women in Blue offers an unprecedented view into the inner workings of the MPD, chronicling a department—and a community—grappling with racism and a troubled history of police misconduct long before an MPD officer killed George Floyd in May of 2020. The film ultimately reveals the limitations of police reform through incremental change and asks questions that apply well beyond the city of Minneapolis.  Could increased gender equity and more women—especially women of color—contribute to greater public safety? LESS

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