I remember seeing a movie in the mid 80s/early 90s that took place in a dystopian metropolitan future where whenever the police arrested a perp, they were rewarded with taking a hit of some sort of drug from a device strapped onto their chest. This was not a major plot point, just a small scene near the beginning to set the feel of dystopia.

Can anyone help me identify the movie?

Ironically, once identified, I’ll probably be familiar with the movie as a whole. I just can’t remember which movie this scene was in. Some possibilities: Judge Dredd, Robocop, etc.

I should also add that I was just a kid at the time. This was either a movie on (network) TV or one that my parents/older brothers rented.

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    Reminds me of Q in Star Trek: The Next Generation, when he references soldiers during the 21st century "post-atomic horror" being motivated and controlled by drugs. Feb 9, 2018 at 19:00
  • Definitely not the first Robocop. I don't think it's a Judge Dredd movie either because a search on that turned up nothing. Robocop 2 has a corrupt police officer, Duffy, who is addicted to Nuke, the illegal drug at the center of the plot. In Leon AKA The Professional, DEA agent Morgan Stansfield (Gary Oldman) takes some kind of pill that is presumably an illegal drug before murdering people or at other significant times. Just eliminating possibilities. Feb 9, 2018 at 19:58
  • My first thought was Strange Days, but after looking at it, I don't see any indication that the police are getting drug hits.
    – FuzzyBoots
    Feb 9, 2018 at 20:57

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This may not be it, but I agree with @Vanguard3000's comment. It sounds like one of the early scenes from the first episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation where Q recreates the courts of 21st century "post atomic horror" Earth. Here's a screenshot for reference.

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  • It’s not exactly how I remembered it, but if that’s not it, TNG totally stole it. So I’m guessing that’s it.
    – Aeryk
    Feb 9, 2018 at 23:25

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