Reality TV show 'Cops' cancelled after 31 years

Cast and crew of 'Cops.'
Cast and crew of 'Cops.'
Photo: Instagram/@copstv
  • The long-running American reality TV show Cops has been cancelled.
  • The show was pulled from the Paramount Network after protests following the death of George Floyd.
  • A spokesperson for the network said they have 'no current or future plans for it to return.'

After 32 seasons the long-running reality TV show Cops has been cancelled.

The show first premiered in 1989 on Fox, in 2014 it moved to the cable network Spike, and from 2018 it was shown on the Paramount Network.

According to Entertainment Weekly, it was pulled from the channel's schedule amid the police brutality and racism protests in the US following the death of George Floyd on 25 May.

In a statement to Variety, a spokesperson for the network said: "Cops is not on the Paramount Network and we don't have any current or future plans for it to return."

The show followed police officers and state troopers as they performed their daily duties and their interactions with suspects.

It was deemed controversial and was the subject of a podcast by Dan Taberski, Running from Cops.

According to Variety, Dan and his team detailed incidents where people were forced to sign waivers and claimed that the production allowed police to edit or remove anything that would portray them in a negative light.

Colour of Change, a civil rights advocacy group who have critiqued the show for years, told Entertainment Weekly that the show "miseducated the public and normalised injustice."

"Crime television encourages the public to accept the norms of over-policing and excessive force and reject reform, while supporting the exact behaviour that destroys the lives of Black people", said vice president Arisha Hatch.

Deadline reports that the A&E Network has pulled episodes and is evaluating the return of a similar show, Live PD.

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