US Park Police, "4th of July" (2002)
With concerns about security on the National Mall high as the first Independence Day after 9/11 approached, the US Park Police deployed their entire force, and pulled in extra officers from other jurisdictions in DC, MD, and VA. I spent the day gathering footage of different Park Police officers doing their thing on, around, and even above the Mall. I wrote the shot of "The Awakening," one of my favorite DC spots, into the script as soon as they told me it was part of their turf. The footage from the chopper may appear a little too much, but they're aerial shots from some of the world's most restricted airspace... I had to use it!