This film is so timely and important as our city seeks to end the river of violence that threatens us all. Hold Your Fire brings to life a watershed moment in the history of law enforcement and shows the profound repercussions it had on how we understand policing today.
It tells the story of the birth of hostage negotiation and how de-escalation and negotiation can end violent incidents peacefully. As a Black man who joined the NYPD to bring change from within, this film inspires me.
It is a lesson in how to resolve conflict by talking to each other and by understanding each other. And as we grapple with racial injustice, police reform, and tackling the violence on our streets, this film is so important to our understanding of how we move forward together.”