Legendary South Bronx detective gets TV show

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A legendary South Bronx detective, the most decorated in NYPD history, will be the focus of a new show on Discovery Channel.

Ralph Friedman racked up more than 2,000 arrests during a 14-year career. 

The new show, "Street Justice: The Bronx," will follow Friedman's tales -- including a drug bust in which he and his partner confiscated guns and more than 100 pounds of marijuana.

"We stuffed a refrigerator, planted it into the doorway, so no one could get out of the apartment," Friedman recalls. "We crashed through the windows and they all went running for the door. Obviously, they ran into a refrigerator."

He earned 219 department awards and assisted in another 5,000 arrests. During his time on the force, he says he shot eight suspects, four of them fatally. Those lives he marked on a tattoo: "Justified 4X."

"I faced death many times," he says. "Sometimes I had to take a life to save my own or my partner's."

And most of this happened in the 41st Precinct during the 1970s, when the area was the most violent in the country.

The precinct's nickname was Fort Apache, inspiring the title of the 1981 film "Fort Apache: The Bronx." It was a hotbed for murder, arson, drug dealing and robbery, but Friedman, now 68, says he loved working there.

"These are people that are violent and prey on the weak, on the disabled, on females, on kids — and it's a very good feeling taking them off the street," Friedman says.

Friedman has also written a book, "Street Warrior," that is available on Amazon.

"Street Justice: The Bronx" premiers on Sept. 19 at 9 p.m.

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