iEAR Presents! Crime and Punishment with Stephen Maing


iEAR Presents! Crime and Punishment with Stephen Maing

The Sanctuary for Independent Media, 3361 6th Ave., North Troy,

November 14, 2018 7:00 PM - 8:00 AM

Amidst 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 and summons in New York City.

A highly intimate and cinematic experience with unprecedented access, Crime + Punishment 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 light to harmful policing practices which have plagued the precincts and streets of New York City for decades.

Manuel Gomez is a Private Investigator who plays a prominent role in Crime + Punishment. In 1998 he became a New York City Police Officer, working in the Bronx until 2011. Twenty days after 9/11, Gomez was called to active duty with the18th Air Borne conducting trainings and working in counter intelligence. In 2013, Gomez returned to NYC to start BlackOPS Private Investigators establishing a policy of only taking innocent clients. His company has been responsible for proving the innocence of 87 cases of falsely accused and arrested individuals.


“It’s a real achievement, this film. Gorgeously composed...Vital, necessary and groundbreaking. It’s a significant work of investigative journalism.”

— Eric Hynes, FILM COMMENT


“Sensitive portraiture and vigorous investigative reporting, Crime + Punishment tracks the struggle of minority police officers within the NYPD to reshape the culture of law enforcement itself. Maing’s film also proves arresting in its compositions, its moody, city-spanning drone photography, its occasional playful looseness. But its power rises from the courage of its subjects, men and women who don’t necessarily want to be fighting the system — they’re eager to be out there in their city, policing the way they consider just."

- Alan Scherstuhl,THE VILLAGE VOICE


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