I Got A Monster Documentary Review
How does one break every rule of ones job for over a decade and not only gets away with it but gets promoted. I Got A Monster is the unbelievable true story of rise and fall of sergeant Wayne Jenkins who ran the Gun Trace Task Force out of Baltimore for over a decade. During his time in the Baltimore police department, Jenkins used his power to run his own criminal operation within his task force including; robbery, breaking and entering falsifying police reports and selling stolen and apprehended narcotics.
The well crafted documentary catalogues his extensive career with the police department and gives us direct commentary from lawyers, FBI, and his direct victims of his crimes.
Attorney Ivan Bates plays an integral role in the apprehension of Jenkins as he is the first major opposition outside of any police force to see that the city of Baltimore has a real problem on their hands.
These stories of direct systemic racism and over use of power by the police are exactly what organizations like BLM have been fighting against for years. It is important for everyone to take a step back and see that there are systemic problems within many of the US policing organizations that not many people are ready to have the conversation about. while hearing account after account in the documentary against Jenkins, it is difficult to grasp the fact that it took so long to take him and his task force down but that is part of the problem regarding the power that police have. I would love to say this is the last time something like this will ever happen unfortunately that is probably wishful thinking to think that there will never again be someone in a position of power that abuses it.