So how’s that NYPD retraining going, fellas? Learning all kinds of good stuff about handling arrests in a non-brutal kind of way, probably? Or just watching clips of Roadhouse in order to learn how to channel your inner Swayze. Why yes, that is not something we made up: According to a report, the NYPD higher ups have been showing the 22,000 officers taking a mandatory three-day retraining class a clip from Roadhouse to better learn when using force is appropriate. That’s real.
The New York Post, which broke the story, reports that the clip they use is when Swayze is talking to his bouncers about how to “be nice” in the face of rowdy bar-goers. Sample: “I want you to be nice, until it’s time to not be nice.”
How are cops responding to this valuable lesson?
“It’s just ridiculous, the stuff they’re showing us,” one cop told the Post. “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.”