DVD review: ‘Precinct Seven Five’ ★★★

Tiller Russell’s quick-fire, often jaw-dropping documentary Precinct Seven Five opens with a pledge. On 27th September 1993 Michael Dowd, once a New York City police officer in reputedly the most dangerous precinct in the country, vows to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth in proceedings brought against him for a decade of theft, extortion and drug trafficking; a monumental abuse of his position of trust and authority. Clearly posturing for a Scorsese-style feature remake, Russell’s film unflinchingly recounts the true to life story – in one interviewee’s words – of “a crook in a cop’s uniform” and blows open the lid of corruption at the core of the Big Apple’s boys in blue.

Precinct Seven Five is now available to buy on DVD or watch On Demand – to read the full review, please visit CineVue here!