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"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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'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...."
"..."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."..."
"...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)..."
"...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..."
"...• 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..."
"...(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.)..."
"...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..."
"...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?..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...Richard Donner still has it. 16 Blocks may be a formulaic good-cops/bad-cops actioner, but it’s rarely stereotypical..."
"...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..."
"...“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..."
"...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."..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."