NYPD Trains Cops With Swayze Clip From Roadhouse
The NYPD has had a terrible rep lately, but who can blame them, especially when shit like this happens. It’s been discovered recently by the New York Post, that our city’s 35 million dollar police re-training program (commissioned after the fatal choke-holding of Eric Garner) showed 22,000 cops a clip from the 1989 action-film Roadhouse in order to teach these spritely officers how to “behave.”
It’s a great film, one of those Hollywood classics where Patrick Swayze shines in the glory of his studdly days, but really, a film about a club bouncer? That’s what’s on the agenda? The video being shown is of Swayze training his fellow bouncers, where he insists that they “be nice.”
“If somebody gets in your face and calls you a c–ksucker, I want you to be nice. Ask him to walk. Be nice. If he won’t walk, walk him. But be nice. If you can’t walk him, one of the others will help you, and you’ll both be nice,” Swayze instructs.
As we can only assume, cops aren’t taking the training video too seriously, in conversation with The Post, one cop says, “It’s just ridiculous, the stuff they’re showing us, it’s crazy. They’re showing us something from a movie and they want us to act like that in real life. It’s not realistic — it’s Hollywood.”
Additional advice given to the officers, besides being told to “be nice” was to “take a step back, close your eyes and take a deep breath” when handling situations with aggressive civilians. This doesn’t sound like the most effective solution and could actually be quite dangerous.
But remember everyone, and especially you cops out there, all you’ve gotta do is “be nice.”