Crime, Fire + Courts

Film examines justice system inequities

By From page A5 | May 22, 2012

“The Cooler Bandits,” a film that follows the story of four teenagers arrested in 1991 for a string of robberies of fast-food restaurants, will be screened at 5:10 p.m. Thursday in 194 Young Hall at UC Davis. The event is sponsored by the UCD Religious Studies Program.

“They became a media sensation, infuriating police and the courts because of their irreverent attitude toward authority,” a flier about the screening says.

“The Cooler Bandits” — dubbed that because they herded their victims into the restaurants’ walk-in coolers — received prison sentences ranging from 250 to 500 years for armed robbery and kidnapping, despite the fact that no one was physically injured, the flier says.

“As we follow these men from childhood through their incarceration and release from prison, we are forced to confront the inequities and injustices inherent in our criminal justice system.”

The film is by John Lucas and Julie Janata. The screening is free and open to the public.

Enterprise staff

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