Twenty years later, the menacing energy of ‘Training Day’ still resonates – The Athletic

“I am the police! I run shit here, you just live here! …King Kong has nothing against me!

That’s when those who feared Detective Alonzo Harris also grew tired of his antics. Those living in the notorious “Jungles” area – ruled by the Black P. Stones (Bloods) – who lacked the power to fight back simply walked away from their tormentor, who did only superficial charity as a means of control over those he has sworn to protect and serve. Moments later, Harris was murdered by mobsters who were bigger bullies than him, ending the movie “Training Day,” in which Harris showed naïve officer Jake Hoyt the ins and outs of a twisted version of law and order. Hoyt just wanted to be a detective, and being part of that unit would put him on the fast track to that promotion, but at what cost? This is a question that has probably been asked among many LAPDs.

Denzel Washington’s portrayal of a crooked cop in “Training Day” not only earned him his first Best Actor Oscar, but also shed light on the corruption within the LAPD that had been uncovered by the Rampart scandal. Harris was the leader of an elite undercover unit, much like Rampart’s CRASH (Community Resources Against Street Hoodlums) unit which was at the center of the scandal of which Rafael Perez became the face after he confessed to the crimes that he and other officers had committed, including drug theft. and money.

The film, written by David Ayer and directed by Antoine Fuqua, was released 20 years ago to the day. Harris remains one of Washington’s most memorable characters in his storied career and resonated in a way that other films about police corruption did not, in part due to its focus on the LAPD. Ayer, a white man who grew up in South Central Los Angeles,

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