Serpico ★★★★

Al Pacino and Sidney Lumet are the best, apart from that, here are some facts depicted by this film that are still true today:

The police don’t actually stop crime, their main function is to catch and process the criminals.

Cops are pressured and expected to protect other cops, so dishonesty, extortion, corruption often go unchecked.

The ‘War on Drugs’ during the 70s was a front for the Nixon/Reagan governments to be able to heavily police and oppress black communities.

Cops are often called to handle problems for which they are ill-equipped to do so. And they often don’t understand or appreciate the communities which they serve.

Policemen have never been given the proper training to handle situations without violence, actually, violence is often encouraged.

In short, fuck 12. Defund the police.