The show and filming of new episodes were canceled due to protests following the death of George Floyd.
American cable TV channel Paramount Network officially announced the termination of the show and further filming of the TV series “Cops,” the first season of which was released in 1989. This is due to mass protests, participants of which spoke out against police brutality after the death of George Floyd in custody in Minnesota.
Variety magazine reported that the series was discontinued four days ago, but the channel officially confirmed this information only on Tuesday, writes Reuters.
“Cops” are absent from the Paramount Network program, and we have no current or plans for their return,” a representative of the channel said.
The first season of “Cops” aired on Fox in 1989. Recently, the creators of a documentary series about the everyday life of American police officers have been criticized for a positive view of the work of law enforcement officers and the techniques used by the characters of “policemen.”
The series was at the center of the podcast “Running from cops,” the author of which spoke about how the shooting of the show takes place. The podcast claims that the authors of the series allow police officers to edit and delete anything that might negatively affect the image of the police.
“Cops” aired on Fox every Saturday for 14 years, becoming the longest-running series in the channel’s history. In 2013, the series was purchased by Spike TV, later renamed the Paramount Network. Each 30-minute episode was dedicated to a real case from police practice; the series starred active police officers investigating crimes.