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Documentary 'Frank Serpico' catches up with the truth-seeking New York cop

Documentary 'Frank Serpico' catches up with the truth-seeking New York cop

Considering how often police reform makes its way into headlines, when is it not time to revisit the remarkable whistle-blowing courage of legendary New York cop Frank Serpico?

If you’ve watched the Al Pacino movie enough times already, there’s now Antonino D’Ambrosio’s documentary “Frank Serpico,” an extended ovation for the honest son of an equally honest Italian immigrant shoe store owner who told his son, “Never run when you’re right.” And as a young, individualistic officer in the late ’60s and ’70s he didn’t, routinely speaking out against institutionalized corruption in the NYPD, to the embarrassment of city brass. (His defenders are careful to distinguish between the...

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