104 minutes, U.S.A., 2014, Colour, Digital

This film was released on Friday 14th August 2015 and is no longer screening. 

In 1980s New York, the 75th police precinct in Brooklyn was a dangerous place to be, the centre of the city’s crack epidemic and boasting one of the highest murder rates in the country, including numerous cop killings. Michael Dowd was a rookie patrolman there in 1982, but was soon taking opportunities to skim money from cash confiscated in drug busts. Aided by a culture where other police would at least turn a blind eye to such activities if they weren’t in on the scams themselves, Dowd displayed a committed fearlessness in graduating to stealing drugs and then collaborating with the drug gangs themselves, tipping them off about raids and undercover operations in return for regular payments.

Tiller Russell’s wildly entertaining doc tells Dowd’s lurid story through forthright interviews with dirty cops and convicted criminals, creating a compelling crime narrative that would be hard to believe if it wasn’t true. (Notes by Michael Hayden.)

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