Precinct Seven Five/The Seven Five (Russell, 2014)

Documentary about New York cop Michael Dowd, who in the 80s, gets caught up in drug trafficking, murder and corruption along with a few other enabling officers in the same precinct. I would have preferred less of the indulgence in its own material, which gives the uneasy impression of uncritical wallowing in systemic police corruption and any semblance of documentary ethics are brushed aside in favour of the cheap thrills to be found in macho, corrupt police recounting their criminal escapades. However, letting the subjects endlessly and excitingly recall such tales, allows the viewer to form their own opinion of what exactly the police, as an institution, are capable of.


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