The NYPD’s Midtown South precinct sent out this tweet earlier today:
The image in the tweet is a transcript of Jack Nicholson’s famous monologue from A Few Good Men. Playing Col. Nathan Jessup, Nicholson justifies a secret “Code Red” order to attack an American Marine on the grounds that “grotesque” men and unsavory violence are necessary to protect the border between civilization and chaos. In the movie, the Marine subject to the “Code Red” has died in what is classified as a murder, and after giving his monologue, Jessup is arrested.
The NYPD has been under national scrutiny in recent weeks after a grand jury declined to indict officer Daniel Pantaleo for the death of Eric Garner, who was killed in July after Pantaleo apparently used an unauthorized chokehold move while arresting Garner for allegedly selling untaxed cigarettes. (Pantaleo has reportedly denied that the maneuver he used was a chokehold.)