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Precinct Seven Five Review

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Michael Dowd’s crime-spree within the NYPD initially started out with bribery and a little light burglary, then escalated into full-on berserk corruption.

★★★★

What a story. Dubbed “THE DIRTIEST COP EVER” by the New York Post, Michael Dowd’s crime-spree within the NYPD initially started out with bribery and a little light burglary, then escalated into full-on berserk corruption. Before his inevitable fall, Dowd was dealing crack, shielding drug barons and living like a pimp. Tiller Russell’s blistering copumentary revisits events with a scandalised buzz, juiced by Dowd’s own gleeful confession — 25 years on, you sense his only lasting regret was getting caught. Told in a rush of talking heads and archive footage, this is a siren-flash of a film, charged up in the edit like a true-crime GoodFellas. Entirely appropriate, given Dowd was little more than a mobster with a badge. Seek it out.

Told in a rush of talking heads and archive footage, this is a siren-flash of a film, charged up in the edit like a true-crime GoodFellas.

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