Crime + Punishment


Friday, Nov. 2 at 7:30pm
Washington U./Brown

Amid a landmark class-action lawsuit over illegal policing quotas, “Crime + Punishment” chronicles the real lives and struggles of a group of black and Latino whistleblower cops and the young minorities they are pressured to arrest in New York City. With unprecedented access, this highly intimate documentary examines the United States’ most powerful police department through the brave efforts of a group of active-duty officers — and one unforgettable private investigator — who risk their careers and safety to bring to light the harmful policing practices that have plagued the precincts and streets of New York City for decades. The New York Times writes: “Earlier this year — not long after Stephen Maing’s documentary ‘Crime+Punishment’ won a special jury award for ‘social impact’ at the Sundance Film Festival — the New York Police Department instituted mandatory ‘no quota’ training for all its officers. The background and meaning of that policy is laid out in Mr. Maing’s meticulous and dismaying film, which also illuminates some of the deep, perhaps intractable problems of policing in New York City and beyond.”