Cancel culture has targeted police shows amid protests over George Floyd’s death.
Following the decision to end “Cops” after 32 seasons, “Live PD” has been cancelled by A&E as well.
Cleveland.com reports A&E has canceled “Live PD,” one of the most popular shows on cable, amid the growing movement against police brutality and racial injustice.
“This is a critical time in our nation’s history and we have made the decision to cease production on Live PD,” the network said in a statement to Deadline. “Going forward, we will determine if there is a clear pathway to tell the stories of both the community and the police officers whose role it is to serve them. And with that, we will be meeting with community and civil rights leaders as well as police departments.”
The live show, which followed police officers across the country during a typical night shift in real time, was taken off the air last week “out of respect” for the family of George Floyd, the network said. But executive producer and host Dan Abrams assured fans on Twitter the show would return. That turned out to be premature.
“Shocked & beyond disappointed about this,” he tweeted late Wednesday. “To the loyal #LivePDNation please know I, we, did everything we could to fight for you, and for our continuing effort at transparency in policing. I was convinced the show would go on.”
Color of Change, a civil rights advocacy group, applauded the decision to cancel “Live PD.”
“For years we’ve demanded networks remove harmful narratives about crime+dishonest depictions of policing on TV,” the organization tweeted. “If #BlackLivesMatter, prove it. Stop #NormalizingInjustice.”
The show made headlines earlier this week when the Austin American-Statesman reported “Live PD” cameras were recording when Javier Ambler, a 40-year-old black man stopped for failing to dim his high beams, died after being held down and Tasered four times by police in March 2019. The footage never aired and A&E told the newspaper it was destroyed.
“As is the case with all footage taken by Live PD producers, we no longer retained the unaired footage after we learned the investigation had concluded,” Abrams explained on social media. “As with all calls we follow, we are not there to be an arm of the police or law enforcement but rather to chronicle what they do and air some of that footage and our policies were in place to avoid having footage used by law enforcement against private citizens.”
The cancellation of “Live PD,” which averaged about two million viewers per three-hour episode, followed Paramount Network’s decision to end “Cops” after 32 seasons.