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Let's Be Cops
Friends pose as cops are are mistaken for the real thing; episodic hijinks ensue.
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Film Review  August 22, 2014, by William Goss
"...Let’s go ahead and address the elephant in the room. Luke Greenfield’s Let’s Be Cops has been finished for a while now, having landed its MPAA rating months ago and been the subject of an aggressive, summerlong screening campaign that managed to shun press altogether..."

Wrong Cops
French musician-filmmaker-writer-editor Quentin Dupieux (Rubber) returns with more lo-fi absurdism.
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Film Review  January 17, 2014, by Marc Savlov
"...Rubber, a film about a sentient tire, the meaning of life, and the mind-warping unreality of cinema, is a movie that literally went places. Wrong Cops merely idles around a few ill-defined, vaguely humorous situations..."

On Cops and Pot
Botched raid in Missouri ends with death of dog
DAILY News  May 11, 2010, by Jordan Smith
"...Back in 2008 we reported on a botched drug raid at the home of a Maryland mayor that ended with the killing of his dogs. Now there's news of another bad raid, this time in Missouri, that ended with cops shooting two dogs in front of a frightened child...."

Latest Drug War Strategy: Cops Deliver the Drugs then Raid the House
SWAT team delivers drugs first, asks questions later
DAILY News  August 1, 2008, by Jordan Smith
"...Nice work. And it gets better: It seems local cops were actually responsible for delivering to the mayor's home a package of pot that the SWAT team later swooped in to raid..."

Point Austin: Cops Go Free
APD acquittal suggests citizens still judge cops by a lower standard
News Column  April 7, 2006, by Michael King
"...For the sake of argument, I'll assume that everything Keel says here is true, with a single exception: If Hernandez truly "exhibited extraordinary strength," the tape makes clear that strength had evaporated by the time the officers handcuffed and subdued him – what Keel describes as Hernandez "trying to get up" is the prone man wiggling slightly under Gray and Heilman. The angry responses from the cops are demands to "Stop resisting!" and more hammer blows from fists and the Taser..."

Denver Cops Told to Back Off Pot During DNC
Denver's pot panel tells cops to leave the stoners along and police real crime during DNC
DAILY News  August 25, 2008, by Jordan Smith
"...Denver's Marijuana Policy Review Panel voted 5-3 last week to recommend that city cops not "arrest, detain or issue a citation" to any adult found in possession of small amounts of pot during the Democratic National Convention this week...."

One Cop, Two Cop ...
How Many New Cops?

Council approves 47 new APD hires – with perhaps a change in the air
News Story  September 23, 2011, by Michael King
"..."I think it's an absolutely appropriate and fair question to ask any time we have an expenditure at the city," Martinez told me. "What are we getting for our return on investment, and what's the goal of that investment? In this case, investing in public safety, a fair question to ask is: Do we reduce crime, and is that the most appropriate way to invest our funds – simply in street cops, as opposed to not only police officers, but support services? It's an absolutely appropriate question, and a conversation that must be had."..."

Point Austin: Cops Cost Money
We've been plugging the dike with overtime, and the cracks are showing
News Column  March 23, 2007, by Michael King
"...The Statesman has been on an overtime drumbeat since last year, when it suddenly discovered that 70% of the general fund was going to public safety (primarily police and fire departments). Was this a consequence of City Council policy, of city budgeting decisions, or even of the relative reluctance of supposedly liberal Austin to spend money on matters other than cops and firefighters? Hardly: "The uncommonly high public-safety increases during the past five years," deduced the editors last July, "are driven by police and firefighter unions that view the city budget as a candy store" ("Overtime expenses breaking the city bank," July 13, 2006)..."

Two, Three ... Many Festivals = How Many Cops?
As special events grow, so does the need for police
News Story  April 19, 2013, by Mike Kanin
"...Embedded in all of this discussion is the narrower subject of how many cops it takes to police Austin when it isn't enjoying (or enduring) a deluge of festivalgoers. The questions were all conflated at the April 1 meeting of the Public Safety Commission..."

News Roundup: Cops, Church, and Council
Six arrested Saturday during a Black Lives Matter rally
DAILY News  September 21, 2015, by the News Staff
"...• Cops and Activists: Over two hours of demonstrations Saturday morning concluded with a reported six Black Lives Matter activists being arrested for a variety of misdemeanor offenses shortly after 1pm. Each arrest occurred in close proximity to 10th Street and Congress Avenue, though some of the charges – particularly obstructing a highway, a Class B misdemeanor – were rooted in offenses that occurred half a mile east, on I-35, after a group of protesters broke off from the morning's demonstrations at the Capitol and headed due east, eventually stopping on the interstate..."

Firefighters Box Cops for Charity
Local law enforcement got their proverbial asses whupped Saturday night at Austin's inaugural Battle of the Badges
News Story  July 17, 2014, by Chase Hoffberger
"...(Now would be a good time to note that, a few hours before the event, I drove past the Hyde Park Fire Station and spotted a firefighter standing in the driveway beating a tractor tire with a sledgehammer, something you rarely see from local on-duty cops during their moments of downtime.)..."

SXSW Film Cops to Seth Rogen and More
SXSW Film announces the premiere of a new Seth Rogen comedy, as well as new panelist and docs
DAILY Screens  January 12, 2009, by Kimberley Jones
"...Written and directed by Jody Hill (“Foot Fist Way”), “Observe and Report” is a dark comedy starring Seth Rogen (“Pineapple Express,” “Knocked Up”) as Ronnie Barnhardt, a deluded, self-important head of mall security who squares off in a turf war against the local cops. Opening wide on April 10, 2009, the film also stars Anna Faris, Michael Peña and Ray Liotta, and was produced by Donald De Line and executive produced by Andrew Haas, Marty Ewing, Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni..."

Cops Walk in Round Rock Shooting
Police acted 'reasonably' when they shot a naked man six times, says grand jury
News Story  June 20, 2008, by Patricia J. Ruland
"...So the question remains: Will RRPD Internal Affairs consider why four armed cops (one didn't fire on Williams) couldn't subdue a wounded, psychotic, naked subject walking from them on foot?..."

Who Decides Where Cops Are Assigned?
Postmarks  June 2, 2008
"...I've lived in Austin for 15 years, working Downtown as a bartender and as a musician in a band. You can find five or six bicycle cops huddled around a group of giggly sorority girls on Sixth Street, but on Red River, a stone's throw from police headquarters, you'd be more likely to find a four-leaf clover..."

Proof that Cops Always Have the Best Stash, Pt. 3
Herein find the sad tale of a pleasure trip to Houston (!) gone terribly wrong....
DAILY News  September 11, 2007, by Jordan Smith
"...Hellerud was (understandably) suspicious, asked for permission to search the car, and in the trunk found a blue duffel bag stuffed with 14 duct-taped packages of marijuana – a total of just more than 72 pounds of pot. (At least he didn’t just jam the stash up in front of the car’s rear window like so many other pot purveyors popped by cops along Texas roadways..."

What the Cops Say vs. What the Lawyer Says
News Story  January 28, 2005, by Jordan Smith
"...31, Marquez wrote, APD police were trying to clear Sixth Street in preparation for reopening the street to traffic. "At this time I observed several individuals standing in the middle of the street arguing with the mounted patrol officers." Using whistles, Marquez continued, the mounted cops had successfully cleared pedestrians from the roadway, save for a small group standing in the 400 block of Sixth who refused to comply..."

Cops Don't Let Cops Drive Drunk
SWAT officers busted after partying too hard
News Story  May 27, 2011, by Jordan Smith


Margaret Moore Declines Prosecution of Cops Who Killed Morgan Crocker
Officers no-billed in Sept. 14, 2016, OIS
News Story  November 9, 2017, by Chase Hoffberger


Cameras for Cops
Will City Council get a policy in place on June 9?
News Story  June 2, 2016, by Chase Hoffberger


Blocked by the Cops
Choose your words carefully before tweeting at APD
News Story  January 28, 2016, by John Anderson


Rape Joke Cops Suspended
Officers handed three and five day suspensions on Wednesday
DAILY News  November 19, 2014, by Chase Hoffberger


McMillan 'Traumatized' by Houston Cops
DiverseArts Culture Works founder / director travels to Houston due to a death in the family, and gets roughed up by police and arrested
News Story  April 20, 2012, by Cindy Widner


Call the Cops! It's the Totally Awesome AusChron Newscast!
Lotsa cop shop talk
DAILY News  April 29, 2010, by Jordan Smith and Wells Dunbar


Don't Call the Cops on This Mug
Predators shooting – and we mean shooting – in the Eastside
DAILY Screens  November 9, 2009, by Kimberley Jones


Maryland Mayor Sues Cops Over Botched Drug Raid
Mayor Cheye Calvo says SWAT practices must change
DAILY News  June 30, 2009, by Jordan Smith


More Proof that Cops Have the Best Stash
A DPS trooper found nearly 10,000 pounds of pot in a broken down bus -- but whose pot is it?
DAILY News  February 3, 2009, by Jordan Smith


Cops Say Legalize It
New report from drug-reform cops with the group Law Enforcement Against Prohibition says the time is right to legalize -- and regulate -- drugs
DAILY News  December 2, 2008, by Jordan Smith


Cops Given Choice Whether to Arrest for Minor Pot Possession
Texas police officers will be given a choice to issue a ticket instead of arrest individuals for certain Class A and B misdemeanors – including possession of up to 4oz of marijuana
DAILY News  August 30, 2007, by Jordan Smith


Proof that Cops Always Have the Best Stash, Pt. 2
DAILY News  May 15, 2007, by Jordan Smith


Proof that Cops Always Have the Best Stash
This is what happens when you turn a tanker truck into a stash box
DAILY News  April 12, 2007, by Jordan Smith


Cops Still Looking for Student Accused of Sexual Assault
Eighteen-year-old wanted on attempted aggravated sexual assault charge after allegedly holding pair of scissors to his Reagan High School teacher's neck
News Story  November 3, 2006, by Jordan Smith


Knee Won't Let Fishing Cops Off the Hook
Police chief throws more than one book at the Decker Creek Six
News Story  November 14, 2003, by Jordan Smith


Cops & Robbersons
Poor Chevy Chase. What with his track record of a ho-hum film career and recent inability to cut it in the late-night network TV talk kingdom of Letterman and Leno...
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Film Review  April 22, 1994, by Pamela Bruce


16 Blocks
Richard Donner still has it. 16 Blocks may be a formulaic good-cops/bad-cops actioner, but it’s rarely stereotypical.
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Film Review  March 3, 2006, by Marc Savlov
"...Richard Donner still has it. 16 Blocks may be a formulaic good-cops/bad-cops actioner, but it’s rarely stereotypical..."

Memories of Murder
This Korean cop film is based on the country's first real serial-killer case in 1986, a case that flummoxed the police along with everyone else.
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Film Review  May 13, 2005, by Marc Savlov
"...That it remains unsolved to this day only adds to the story’s queerly retro frisson. Memories of Murder takes place not in bustling Seoul but in the Korean countryside, where a group of local cops, led by Detective Park (Song Kang-ho), uncover the body of a woman in a rural drainage ditch..."

Utah Supremes Say Search was a Real Stinker
Court reminds cops not to be led by the nose...
DAILY News  March 30, 2007, by Jordan Smith
"...“We decline to grant the aroma of burning marijuana a place on an exclusive, limited roster of exceptions to the requirement that a warrant be secured for a lawful search can occur,” the court wrote in a March 9 decision. Back in April 2003 Lance Horvath’s mother and brother called the cops to report that people were smoking pot in Horvath’s trailer, which was located on his mother’s property..."

Two Wrongs Make a Right
Quentin Dupieux is back with 'Wrong Cops'
Screens Story  January 17, 2014, by Richard Whittaker
"...If you're thinking Wrong Cops is a straight-ahead sequel to Quentin Dupieux's 2012 surreal comedy Wrong, you're, well, wrong. While he called the first film "quite precious and sweet," for his follow-up, he said, "I really needed to do something stupid and dirty."..."

Gangster Squad
Despite uneven filmmaking and questionable facts, an extraordinary cast brings this story about mobster Mickey Cohen's attempted takeover of L.A. and the handful of honest cops who thwarted him.
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Film Review  January 11, 2013, by Louis Black
"...A virtual catalog of uneven filmmaking, which includes the plot and many of the performances, Gangster Squad tells the story of a number of cops who band together to work outside the law. New Los Angeles Police Chief Parker (Nolte) is installed in 1950 to clean up the department and deal with the East Coast mobs that are working to establish bases of operations in L.A..."

Triple 9
Grimy policier is an electrifying muddle with killer cast
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Film Review  February 26, 2016, by Steve Davis
"...It’s a thrilling sequence that pumps adrenaline into a movie in which everything is constantly on edge. As it turns out, the criminals are a cadre of cops and ex-cops moonlighting as henchmen for a cutthroat Russian Mafia princess (a nearly unrecognizable Winslet), who bankrolled the heist in order to retrieve the mysterious contents of a safety deposit box..."

22 Jump Street
Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill again go undercover in this frequently delightful mess.
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Film Review  June 13, 2014, by Louis Black
"...If you absolutely loved or even mostly enjoyed 21 Jump Street this is a no-brainer, as cops Jenko (Tatum) and Schmidt (Hill) again go undercover – although this time on a college campus rather than a high school. Combining terrific interplay between the two leads with a combination of genuine wit and just too blatantly dumb fun, 22 Jump Street is as often right on target as it is excessively over the top, making it a frequently delightful mess...."

21 Jump Street
Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum go back to high school in this new take on the old TV series.
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Film Review  March 16, 2012, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...With more dick jokes than you can shake a stick at, this film version of the popular Eighties TV show about undercover cops posing as high school students blasts the material into the 21st century. Not that anyone was asking for a reboot of the series that is perhaps best remembered as the launching pad for Johnny Depp’s career, but here it comes anyway..."

The Guard
A daffy, delightful Irish yarn capped by fabulous performances by Brendan Gleeson and Don Cheadle.
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Film Review  August 19, 2011, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...As Sgt. Gerry Boyle, a provincial police officer in Cannemara, a village on the western coast of Ireland, he initially appears to inhabit every cliché about fat Irish cops of questionable morals..."

Takers
This Los Angeles-set heist movie stars lots of well-muscled men.
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Film Review  September 3, 2010, by Kimberley Jones
"...It takes itself way too seriously – director Luessenhop seems to think he's assembled a sort of hip-hop Heat, even aping Michael Mann's fondness for cool color palettes. Like Heat, the L.A.-based Takers takes great pains to split the narrative and audience sympathies between cops and robbers alike..."

National Lampoon's Senior Trip
Remember in high school how there was one kid who had a wise-ass comment for everything and no matter how snide it was or how crude, it always cracked everybody...
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Film Review  September 15, 1995, by Robert Faires
"...You get the feeling that somebody involved in Senior Trip really thinks it's in the league of the franchise's first hit, National Lampoon's Animal House, that its gross-out gags and smutty yucks will make viewers roar the way that film's did. But every time Senior Trip cops a bit from Animal House -- or Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure or Fast Times at Ridgemont High or The Simpsons or Mr..."

Rock and Roll Cop
Hong Kong action director Kirk Wong, who gave Jackie Chan his most serious role in last year's Crime Story, hits the bulls-eye with this politically charged thriller that, for all...
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Film Review  November 18, 1994, by Joey O'Bryan
"...Hong Kong action director Kirk Wong, who gave Jackie Chan his most serious role in last year's Crime Story, hits the bulls-eye with this politically charged thriller that, for all its jolting ultraviolence, maintains a fierce intelligence and quirky sense of humor that keeps the proceedings from becoming just another bloodbath. The plot follows the delirious exploits of the vicious “Red Scarf Gang” and the two cops, one from Hong Kong and the other from Mainland China, who are forced to work together to nab the criminals..."

Rush
Kim Wozencraft's semi-autobiographical novel is the source material for this film about a couple of cops in Beaumont, Texas, who become heavily involved in drug use while working deep undercover.
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Film Review  January 10, 1992, by Kathleen Maher
"...Starring: Jason Patric, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Max Perlich, Gregg Allman and Sam Elliott. For her directorial debut, Lili Zanuck has chosen Kim Wozencraft's semiautobiographical novel about a couple of cops in Beaumont, Texas who crossed the line while working undercover..."

Homicide
Homicide may not be Mamet's most accessible film, but it combines those elements of the playwright/director's work -- theatricality, stylization, rough poeticism -- that might be most off-putting to the...
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Film Review  November 1, 1991, by Kathleen Maher
"...Once again, Mantegna is Mamet's medium, channeling the playwright in this film about a man lost in an internal struggle between his identity as a Jew, his identity as a cop, and his identity as a man. In the brutal world of cops, racial slurs and epithets are hurled without a thought to their effect..."

Fits to a Tee
Wayne Vincent responds to APA shirt controversy
DAILY News  November 13, 2013, by Brandon Watson
"...In a year dominated by headlines about an officer-involved shooting, Austin Police public relations can be tricky. Cops have to be on their toes, always aware that words can be taken out of context..."

Pain & Gain
One of the dirty secrets of modern American filmmaking is what a skilled director Michael Bay really is.
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Film Review  April 26, 2013, by Louis Black
"...Surviving the murder attempt, Kershaw is such an abrasive, condescending pig that the cops don’t believe his story. So he hires a private detective (Harris) to track them down..."

Animal Kingdom
An Australian family that commits crimes together avoids time together in this brutal look at the human survival instinct.
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Film Review  August 27, 2010, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Other characters in this urban jungle story are the Codys’ gangster partner Baz (Edgerton), who recognizes their way of life is dying and wants to go straight; Detective Leckie (Pearce), who spearheads the police unit that has the Codys’ vice in its vise; and J’s girlfriend (Wheelright) and her family, who become part of the collateral damage. J, who begins the film in a state of near emotional catatonia, learns through the course of the film to become a survivalist as well, navigating unsteadily but instinctively from the poisonous grip of both his unscrupulous grandmother and the dirty cops..."

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