Hold Your Fire
Director: Stefan Forbes Run Time: 93 min. Release Year: 2022
In 1973, four young African-American men stealing guns for self-defense in Brooklyn were cornered by the NYPD. A violent gun battle killed a police officer, beginning the longest hostage siege in NYPD history. The NYPD’s 130-year-old policy was to deliver an ultimatum, then respond with deadly force. Could visionary police psychologist Harvey Schlossberg convince his superiors to do the unthinkable – negotiate with “criminals” – and save twelve hostages from an impending bloodbath? In never-before-seen film and gripping interviews with survivors, HOLD YOUR FIRE uncovers what really happened in this landmark event with the potential to revolutionize American policing.
“The end result is a largely fascinating exploration of a story that, more than ever, needs to be heard.” -Peter Sobczyski, eFilmCritic.com
Documentary, Social Justice