Crime + Punishment

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Director: 
Stephen Maing
Year: 
2018
Rating: 
Not Rated
Run Time: 
112 mins
Cast: 
Manuel 'Manny' Gomez, Sandy Gonzales, Rukia Lumumba

Absolutely essential and completely daring, this sprawling look at corruption in the NYPD, with remarkable access to whistleblowers, will flood you with the kind of righteous anger you didn't think possible. While the state of New York officially banned policing quotas in 2010, the corrupt practice endures at the NYPD as a cash-grabbing method helping pad its annual budget. These quotas are met by cops patrolling “high crime” areas (read: communities of color), making arrests that only seem to get dismissed in court. It’s only due to the courage of whistleblowers like the NYPD12, a group of minority officers who’ve filed a class-action lawsuit against the force, and the hard-nose investigations of private detectives like ex-cop Manual Gomez, that light is shed on the continued injustice and its dehumanizing practices. Up-close and unnerving, Stephen Maing’s explosive documentary masterfully weaves firsthand accounts, private documents, and secret recordings to give unparalleled insight into these institutional practices of racial discrimination, while revealing the bravery of police officers willing to do anything to serve and protect their community. As citizens, it's practically our duty to see. 

"'Crime+Punishment' advances a thorough critique of American law enforcement not by generalizing or speechifying, but by digging into particular lives and circumstances, allowing affected individuals to speak for themselves." - The New York Times

"Stephen Maing’s searing documentary 'Crime + Punishment' offers a fuller look at the question of what can be accomplished from inside, revealing both the personal toll fighting the system can exact but also the urgent necessity of such battles." - Village Voice

"'Crime + Punishment' is a quiet documentary but a potent one. Though its approach is low key, its passion, drama and concern for exposing wrongdoing is unmistakable." - Los Angeles Times

"Stephen Maing's documentary about the NYPD's illegal policing quotas and other discriminatory practices gets the blood boiling." - The Hollywood Reporter