After George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, TV Rethinks If Cops Should Always Be the Good Guys
The Hero Cop is one of the most enduring tropes of television. But how heroic can the police remain at a time when many outraged citizens are campaigning for compensation under widespread protests against the murder of unarmed civilians like George Floyd and Breonna Taylor? The aftermath of weeks of nationwide demonstrations against police brutality and systemic racism have already prompted two cop shows to submit their badges: The longstanding reality shows "Cops" and A & E's popular "Live PD". The simmering tensions against the people entrusted with protecting and serving their communities have subsided, and this has raised questions about the vitality of the fictional police officers who are patrolling the television screen. "There will always be an appetite for people who can go out, do good, and get some form of justice. This is always a satisfying story for most people," said Aaron Rahsaan Thomas, show runner at CBS's "SWAT," who admitted that Many of the current police shows suffer from a “conservatively narrow view.” Thomas is a rarity in the industry: An African-American showrunner who has made a career and writes about law enforcement. Before performing "SWAT", Thomas worked on .. .
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