Cops and Robbers

Institute History


Oakland police officer John PUNCH searches for his identity against a backdrop of inner-city violence, divisive police tactics, and a furious anti-police movement. Along the way, he assumes responsibility for teaching his younger, ex-military partner, struggles through a relationship with a local school principal, and ends up in a fight for his life with a childhood friend turned gangster. An uncompromising interrogation of the contradictions and conflict inherent in the relationship between law enforcement, the media and the Black community, Cops and Robbers ultimately explores the power of love to transform and transcend.


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