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If you only watch one long-shelved police training film from 30 yrs ago this year, make it this one.
Considered "the best police training film ever made," it will doubtless defy and far exceed any expectations you may have about the potential entertainment value of a police training film. Each of the well-produced scripted scenes plays like a clip from a bizarre crime movie featuring an array of violent and sometimes graphic confrontations between police and ruthless knife-wielding crazies, leaving a grim and daunting impression of the infinite life-threatening situations police may encounter at any moment.
Surviving Edged Weapons is thoroughly entertaining, with moments of irresistible, if sometimes unintentional humor. The acting ranges from competent to side-splitting, which is to be expected in light of the purpose of the film, however the sudden attacks portrayed are almost hyper-realistic in their intensity and lack of Hollywood-style drama, despite the explosive score which accents most of the violence, which is abundant. On-duty cops, caught off guard in seemingly ordinary situations, are slashed, stabbed and gutted without a drop of sentimentality.
The scripted scenes are interspersed with interview footage from conversations with veteran detectives, officers and trainers who candidly relay startling details of violent altercations with evil beasts within "the knife culture" and blankly state the deadly or debilitating results which can swiftly follow a departure from procedure.
The film is anchored by a strong and measured omniscient narration of a tight, informative script which reveals an unpredictably brutal side of police work which is hardly conceived of by most. Instantly-authoritative, the narrator's simple breakdowns and stern warnings carry sufficient gravitas to warrant careful attention, and combined with the spare verbiage and abundant screen action, Surviving Edged Weapons is an effortless treat and a quick 85 minutes.
All creative works, but especially movies, are sure to become momentarily funny or possibly even controversial in unexpected ways. Made in 1988, Surviving Edged Weapons is a world of nostalgia for anyone old enough to smooth ride of a Chevy Caprice or the frizzy, teased-up way a lot of ladies used to wear their hair during the '80's. The juxtaposition of old versus new standards is good for a laugh at various points, including the film's reflection of the contemporary attitude concerning emotionally disturbed persons (EDP's):
"Typically unschooled with weapons (but still dangerous), EDP's can quickly become the ultimate knife-wielding psycho," the grave narrator intones over the scene of an older middle-aged man who stand eerily still, gazing out from behind the tight caging around the lonely, ground-level window of a mental institution.
The man, suddenly active within his reverie, punches the window and picks up a large shard of glass as the narrator continues, explaining why EDP'S can pose a particular danger in armed confrontations with the police.
"The edged weapon can hold a special power for them," we're warned. "It's part of their violent fantasies."
During scenes like this, Older viewers may find themselves longing for simpler times.
A CITY SANITATION WORKER IS ALLEGEDLY A REAL GARBAGE PERSON.
38-YR-OLD MERVIN FREEMAN - WAS ARRESTED FOR ALLEGEDLY STRANGLING HIS 14-YR-OLD DAUGHTER, IN THE FAMILY'S GRASSMERE TERRACE HOME IN FAR ROCKAWAY, QUEENS.
POLICE SAY THE TWO WERE GOING AT IT VERBALLY, MERVIN WRAPPED HIS HANDS AROUND THE TEEN'S THROAT AND CHOKED HER AROUND 10PM.
FREEMAN WAS ARRESTED SOON AFTER THAT BY THE BOROUGH'S 101st PRECINCT.
FREEMAN WORKS OUT THE VIOLENT BROOKLYN NORTH 8 GARAGE; HE WAS HIRED IN 2012.
Mervin Freeman, 38, was squabbling with his 14-year-old daughter in the family’s home on Grassmere Terrace in Far Rockaway, Queens, when he allegedly wrapped his hands around the teen’s throat and choked her at around 10 p.m. on Wednesday, cops said.
Emergency responders treated the young victim at the scene, authorities said.
Freeman, who was off duty, was arrested shortly after the incident at the borough’s 101st Precinct.
He was charged with strangulation in the second-degree, second-degree harassment and acting in a manner injurious to a child less than 17, according to cops.
“The Sanitation Department is conducting its own internal investigation,” said Montes.
Freeman’s mom denied that the violent incident ever even happened.
“Let me tell you one thing. This never happened. That’s not true,” the mother, who did not want to be named, told The Post.
“No emergency responders came here. There was nothing wrong with her…she wasn’t treated for nothing.”
The woman said that when Freeman came home Wednesday he found his daughter in the house with “man friends and chased them out.”
ACCORDING TO THE POST: A neighbor of the family called Freeman “a good man.”
THE NEIGHBOR SAID: “He is a good father. He was never in trouble…He would never do something like that.”
ARE YOU CURIOUS WHAT A 6-YR CITY SANITATION WORKER MAKES?Freeman made a total pay of $102,841 this year.
2 HOMELESS MEN CHARGED IN VIRAL SUBWAY PLATFORM BATTLE
2 MEN HAVE BEEN CHARGED IN THE HILARIOUS ALTERCATION ON A CHINATOWN SUBWAY PLATFORM LAST SUNDAY.
3 MORE MEN ARE SOUGHT IN THE WILD SUBWay MELE
36-YR-OLD Eliseo Alvarez, 36, and Juan Nunez, 27 ARE CHARGED WITH rioting and obstructing governmental administration. ALVAREZ ALSO FACES ATTEMPTED ASSAULT CHARGES
3 MORE MEN, STILL AT LARGE.
THESE 5 MEN, WILLING TO ATTACK A COP ON A SUBWAY PLATFORM.
THE NY POST REPORTS THAT - ASKED WHY MANHATTAN DA CYRUS VANCE INITIALLY DECLINED TO PROSECUTE THE FIVE DRUNKEN VAGRANTS WHO ATTACKED A COP, A SPOKESMAN GAVE TWO TROUBLING ANSWERS:
THE DA HADN'T SEEN AN ONLINE VIDEO OF THE ATTACK.
THE MEN WERE ARRESTED ONLY FOR SLEEPING IN THE SUBWAY AND THE CITY NO LONGER ENFORCES ITS BAN ON THAT.
OFFICER SYED ALI WAS THE COP WHO RESPONDED TO CALLS ABOUT THESE GUYS MENACING SUBWAY RIDERS. WHEN HE ASKED THEM TO STOP, THE GROUP KIND OF CAME AT HIM - HE SWUNG HIS BATON, KEEPING THEM AT BAY.
But surely the men’s behavior needs to be prosecuted. As City Council Public Safety Committee Chairman Donovan Richards (D-Queens) said, “These [suspects] should have been arrested and charged with something higher” than sleeping in the subway.
Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association boss Patrick Lynch was even more blunt: “Had it gone the other way, we might have had a seriously injured or dead police officer.”
Yet Vance already made it clear he’s going easy on “low-level” crimes, like fare-beating. And charges against the vagrants come only after a firestorm of criticism for their earlier release.
Then there’s the second excuse — that the city no longer enforces its ban on sleeping in the subway. Fact is, it’s been flashing green lights to homeless folks who take up residence not just in the subway, but throughout the city, for most of Mayor de Blasio’s time in office.
After the video went viral, former police commissioner (and transit police top cop) Bill Bratton tweeted a useful warning: The “situation is a reminder to New Yorkers & their political leaders that NYC’s decline in the 70s & 80s began in the subways. The quality-of-life declines & warning signs are all there for it to happen once again.”
CY VANCE MAKES DECISIONS ON WHICH CRIMES TO ACTIVELY PROSECUTE SEEMINGLY BASED ON TWO CONSIDERATIONS.
*ONE, HAS ANYONE PAID HIM MONEY SPECIFICALLY NOT TO PROSECUTE SOMETHING? * - VANCE HAS BEEN KNOWN TO ACCEPT CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS FROM LAWYERS AND LAW FIRMS WITH CASES BEFORE HIS OFFICE, WHICH HE'S SINCE STOPPED. - HE HAD TO BE SHAMED INTO PROSECUTING HARVEY WEINSTEIN, BY ARTICLES IN THE NEW YORKER AND THE NEW YORK TIMES
*TWO, IS THIS A CRIME OF WHICH PROSECUTION CAN BE SAID TO DISPROPORTIONATELY AFFECT A MINORITY GROUP SUCH AS BLACKS, LATINOS, LGBTQ, ETC.? *
In Vance’s words, his policy is meant to combat “the intolerable racial disparities that underlie” prosecution. Yet there’s not much evidence that this contention is true, beyond the fact that, proportionately, more blacks and Hispanics get arrested for public pot use and fare-beating than whites. This is “disparate impact” brought to its absurd conclusion.
IT SEEMS ONCE YOU BACK OFF ENFORCEMENT OF A LAW DUE TO THE DISPARATE IMPACT IT HAS ON A COMMUNITY - THAT HAS A WAY OF BECOMING THE CASE WITH MULTIPLE LAWS.
ALSO, A DA'S CHOICE NOT TO PROSECUTE BASED ON DISPARATE IMPACT... IT'S NOT AS IF IT'S BINDING. COPS MAY STILL ARREST, ADA'S MAY STILL PROSECUTE.
SO IF ENFORCEMENT OF A LAW IS KNOWN TO DISPROPORTIONATELY AFFECT A PARTICULAR COMMUNITY, CAN WE EXPECT THE COPS TO JUST LOOK THE OTHER WAY FOR THEM, BUT STILL KEEP ARRESTING GROUPS WHO HAVE ONLY BEEN AFFECTED TO AN ACCEPTABLE DEGREE BY THE LAW.
FAREBEATING AND PUBLIC POT USE, AND IT'S BEEN STATED TO BE THE CASE WITH ALL THOSE QUALITY-OF-LIFE CRIMES MM-V AND DEBLASIO WANTED TO DECRIMINALIZE, IE PUBLIC CONSUMPTION OF ALCOHOL, EVEN PUBLIC URINATION.
ARE WE JUST LITTLE BY LITTLE, SETTING UP A LAW CODE AND SYSTEM OF JUSTICE WHICH IS BY NO MEANS BLIND, BUT which VERY MUCH HAS IT'S EYES OPEN TO ETHNICITY AND RACE, AND, IN THE NAME OF JUSTICE, MAKES DECISIONS ON LAW ENFORCEMENT BASED ON A LAWFULLY-ADVOCATED BIAS.
[## *HOARDING CONTRIBUTES TO FIRE*](https://nypost.com/2018/12/26/fdny-says-hoarding-was-factor-in-brooklyn-housing-fire/)
Three people were injured in a raging Brooklyn apartment fire that started in a clutter-filled unit occupied by hoarders, officials said.
The blaze broke out around noon Wednesday on the 10th story at the Ebbets Field Houses at 20 Montgomery St. on the northeast edge of Prospect Park.
Some 75 firefighters responded to the call.
Victims were carted away on stretchers with oxygen masks on. It’s unclear how serious the injuries were.
The residents in the unit where it began appear to be hoarders whose over-accumulation of clutter fueled the smoky fire, a fire official said.
Two robberies were foiled in the city on Thursday when both suspects were struck and killed by a train while attempting to make their getaway, sources said.
One fatal incident took place in Brooklyn after a crook stole a cell phone while the other death occurred after a man robbed beer from a freight train in the Bronx, according to law enforcement sources.
The tragic turn-of-events began at around 4 p.m. when the cell phone crook robbed a Metro PCS store in Sheepshead Bay, sources said.
A Metro PCS employee gave chase as the 52-year-old thief ducked into a nearby Q Train station and boarded a northbound train.
But while running through subway cars, the bandit fell off the train and was crushed underneath it.
About an hour later, a second thief grabbed beer off of a freight train in Hunts Point, law-enforcement sources said.
As the 41-year-old man was running away he was hit and killed by a separate freight train, authorities said.
Police are investigating the circumstance behind both deaths.
Cops busted a cock-fighting operation inside a Brooklyn barber shop thanks to a slew of complaints from neighbors who couldn’t stand the constant squawking, authorities said Friday.
Cops collared Fausto Recio-Cruz, 39, at the Fausto Stillo barber shop in Sunset Park on Thursday around 6 p.m. in response to numerous complaints about loud rooster noises at the location, police said.
When police went to the site for a “business inspection,” they found two roosters, two hens, two small chicks and four eggs and determined the roosters showed signs of being used for fighting, according to a tweet posted on Twitter by the 72nd Precinct, which conducted the inspection.
Police also found evidence of animal abuse consistent with fighting and evidence of breeding for the purpose of fighting along with “fighting cages” and “fighting paraphernalia,” cops said.
Recio-Cruz has been charged with two counts of training an animal to fight, two counts of permitting animal fighting, two counts of owning or keeping an animal to fight and a violation of local law.
He told investigators he kept the birds in memory of his brother, although it wasn’t immediately clear why, police sources said.
'GUARDIAN ANGEL' NYPD OFFICERS INSPIRED ME TO GET SOBER
A binge-drinking Brooklyn woman hit rock bottom last Christmas when NYPD cops found her passed out drunk on the street.
Now, a year later, she is stone sober — and says the kind-hearted officers who helped her that night inspired her to turn her life around.
“These guys were like guardian angels,” Johnelle Mays, 27, told The Post.
“If they hadn’t found me on the sidewalk who knows what would have happened.”
Mays, who moved from California to Bedford-Stuyvesant two years ago, says she began drinking in high school and was already an “extremely advanced” alcoholic by her early 20s.
She’d gotten sober and fallen off the wagon multiple times.
On Christmas Day 2017, Mays says she had a relapse that could have ended in tragedy.
“I went on a complete bender,” said Mays, now an executive assistant at the David Lynch Foundation. “I was like a driver-less vehicle just roaming around.”
She’d already downed a bottle of wine, a six-pack of IPA and “an unknown amount of vodka” around 10 p.m. that frigid night when she stumbled out of a neighborhood bar wearing only a thin layer of clothing to look for more booze, passed out on the sidewalk and scraped her leg.
Someone called the cops, and when the officers arrived, they got her medical help, contacted her boyfriend — and agreed to take her home to him instead of sending her to the drunk tank.
“Instead of cuffing and forcing me in the ambulance they were very gentle with me,” she said.
“I’m sure I gave them a lot of trouble. Despite the fact that I was out of my mind, I know that they were trying to empathize.”
When Mays finally sobered up, she could barely remember what happened — but “went into a complete state of self-loathing” when her boyfriend told her.
“I got very close to doing something stupid. But I didn’t,” she said.
Instead, Mays decided to put down the bottle for good, realizing how much worse the night could have gone if she hadn’t been rescued by such compassionate cops.
She says she thinks of their kindness whenever she’s tempted to drink again.
“I think about [those NYPD officers] all the time,” she said. “What if next time they weren’t there?”
She’s now stayed booze-free for a full year — shedding 38 pounds in the process — and is looking forward to marrying her boyfriend in 2019.
“My family doesn’t even recognize me anymore,” she wrote in a popular Reddit post about her transformation.
She says she’d hoped to find the officers to thank them in person but couldn’t remember exactly when and where she was found.
OF COURSE SHE'S RIGHT, IT COULD'VE GONE DRASTICALLY DIFFERENTLY.
WHAT IF SHE'D BEEN DISCOVERED NOT BY THESE TWO KINDLY COPS, BUT BY THE NYPD RAPE COPS MORENO AND MATA.
KENNETH MORENO AND FRANKLIN MATA - WERE CHARGED 10 YEARS AGO THIS MONTH - ON DEC.
40-yr-old female attorney is hell on wheels. But is "Platano Man" really a hero? After the nonsense with the Asian woman was over, he taunted her and shot video as she tried to ignore him, eventually provoking her into slapping at his phone, at which point he violently takes her down and pins her to the floor. Hero?
360 ONE BAD MOTHER
NY POST REPORTS
A 13-YR-OLD GIRL LURED A MAN INTO THE WOODS WITH PROMISES OF SEX, THEN SHOT HIM IN THE HEAD FOUR TIMES. AUTHORITIES SAY IT'S MS-13.
Charges have been dropped against Jazmine Headley, she's released from Rikers and the NYPD has yet another PR black eye, thanks to biased coverage and a loudmouth city council. Why does the city rush to take the side of a young woman throwing a tantrum?
A crazed woman vents her frustrations on an older Asian lady, claiming she was defending her daugher's seat.
NY POST REPORTS
A BOOGIE-D FAMILY IS BUSTED FOR KEEPING THEIR OWN PRIVATE "ZOO" - COPS REMOVE A POSSUM, TWO 80-POUND TURTLES, A DOVE, 2 PIGEONS AND MORE. BUT DID THE COPS TAKE MORE THAN THEY SHOULD'VE?