The Seven Five

This riveting film examines the case of Mike Dowd, a corrupt Brooklyn cop who became dirtier than the drug dealers he was supposed to be policing.

Year: 2014
Certificate: 15
Director: Tiller Russell
Starring: Michael Dowd, Ken Eurell, Walter Yurkiw, Chickie

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Drugs, sex, bribery, mobs, Columbian drug lords and police corruption are all staples of Hollywood scripts over the years, but in “The Seven Five” it isn’t a story of fiction, It’s all real and it all happened in the 75th Precinct in Brooklyn, New York City.

“The Seven Five” is a documentary regarding what some consider the biggest case of police corruption in American history. It documents the actions and careers of a number of NYPD police officers back in the 1980s and their flagrant disregard for the law always safe in the knowledge that their brothers in blue would back them up, no matter what.

Mike Dowd was like many other NYPD police officers. He worked hard every day looking after the citizens of New York City. He was happily married and wore his police shield with extreme pride. This changed the day that a colleague who was collecting evidence from a crime scene found cash and offered Mike a little money. After all, the drug dealers didn’t deserve it and it wouldn’t be missed… and it wasn’t. So, if Mike and his buddies can get away with that, what else could they get away with? After all, they were the good guys, the boys in blue, nobody would ever suspect them of any wrongdoing and even if they did, they were taking stuff from low lives and scum. Nobody would care.

That was just the beginning. Money, drugs, murder, kidnapping, these are all things police are there to stop happening, not to be part of.

The documentary is a collection of interviews of Mike Dowd, his partners over the years and even some of the criminals that Dowd worked with, and sometimes for, intertwined with footage shot at the time of news reports regarding police corruption and most surprisingly there are many scenes from a commission hearing. Prior to trial, Dowd agreed to testify before the Commission and it’s this footage we see during the movie.

The documentary is really well shot, even changing the camera angles within the interviews to portray the mood of its subjects. This is a no holds barred film where those involved spill every little detail of how the 75th Precinct became so corrupt and how, even while it was all going on, they felt untouchable. Turning up to work in expensive cars that you couldn’t afford on a policeman’s salary and most of this was done with the knowledge/belief that no other police officer would ‘rat out’ a fellow officer. Even to the extent that when speaking to the commission Dowd refused to implicate any NYPD officers other than himself.

I really enjoyed this documentary and often found shaking my head at the things that I was seeing. If you enjoy documentaries then I suggest you give this one a watch. As you can imagine, there’s talk of violence and there is quite a bit of swearing so if you have delicate ears, then maybe this wouldn’t be for you. and of course, as always, let us know what you thought.

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