’60 Minutes’ cop story is Plum pic

Film's focus: An ex-cop creates a high school debate league

Galt Niederhoffer and Celine Rattray have acquired life rights to the inspirational story of Baltimore cop Angelo Brooks, which gained attention in a “60 Minutes” segment, and will be developed as a feature film by the independent producers’ Plum Pictures stable.

After becoming frustrated with the police force’s inability to get kids off the Baltimore streets, Brooks went to the local high school and started a debate league called the Warriors, comprised of inner-city kids and including former gang members, drug dealers and special education students.

Brooks’ commitment drove the team to become city champions, outclassing debaters from Baltimore’s wealthy suburbs. The kids’ grades improved significantly, with many going on to college.

The segment aired June 8 on CBS’ “60 Minutes,” drawing an audience of 9.7 million viewers.

Niederhoffer and Rattray are meeting with potential screenwriters and directors for the project. The Plum Pictures team last month sold “The Michael Pellegrino Project” to New Line, based on the true story of a failed Chicago crook who swindled Hollywood.

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