After nearly 30 years, the show Cops was taken off the air. The long running show was an unscripted look into the lives of on-duty police. The Paramount Network said they would not air the 33rd season, and have no plans to revive the series. This comes amid heavy protest that the show “glorifies police violence” and are counter productive to current public sentiments.
However, some feel this move is not keeping in faith with our nation’s police. Supporters of the show claim it educates the public. That the show demonstrates the dangers police officers face. Additionally, it keeps everyone accountable for their actions; police and civilians alike.
Studies have shown that cities who equip their police force with dash and body cams have a significant drop in several categories. These include: number of police shootings, excessive force complaints, and claims of misconduct. This has been justified by several different theories.
Some say this forces the police to show more restraint. Others claim suspects know their actions are being recorded. Thus, making them less prone to resisting violently, or filing false claims to lessen their sentence. Undoubtedly, mostly experts agree recording police actions protect the officer and the suspect.
Protests over the murder of George Floyd has sparked global unrest. Major cities around the world have also seen protests. As a result, there has even been discussions of defunding several police departments. These ideas have been denounced by President Trump, former Vice President Joe Biden, and even Bernie Sanders. Moreover, some politicians have announced budget cuts, in favor of social programs.
For instance, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has announced he will cut his police department’s budget by $100-150 million. This is approximately 10% of their yearly budget. As a result, the move angered many police unions.
This political climate is the reason why you will no longer hear the iconic Bad Boys song on the small screen. We want to hear your thoughts! Do you agreed with the choice, or disagree? Have you watched Cops recently? If so do you think it glorifies police brutality? Sound off in the comments below!