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A film by Stefan Forbes

95 min

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When Shu'aib Raheem tried to steal guns for self-defense, it sparked the longest hostage siege in NYPD history. NYPD psychologist Harvey Schlossberg fought to reform police policy to save lives by using words, not guns.

In 1973 Brooklyn, Shu'aib Raheem and three other young African-American men stealing guns for self-defense were cornered for 47 hours by the NYPD, the longest siege in its history. Could visionary police psychologist Harvey Schlossberg convince his superiors to do the unthinkable – negotiate with "criminals" – and save a dozen hostages from a violent bloodbath? In never-before-seen film and eye-opening interviews, HOLD YOUR FIRE has the potential to revolutionize American policing, saving lives using words, not guns.

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