As protests against racism and police brutality spread throughout the country, television networks are re-examining shows about law enforcement.
In the wake of George Floyd’s death, two shows about police, “Cops” and “Live PD,” were canceled as many argued shows that depict police officers as the protagonists are “propaganda” to ” brainwash” views to have a positive view of the police.
And actor Terry Crews of the comedy “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” says the producers of the show scrapped four episodes as writers re-work some of the themes in the season to promote the message of the Black Live Matter movement.
During an interview with Access Holly wood, Crews said, “They had four episodes all ready to go and they just threw them in the trash.”
He added, “We have to start over. Right now we don’t know which direction it’s going to go in.”
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Crews also said the cast of the show has “had a lot of somber talks about it and deep conversations and we hope through this we’re going to make something that will be truly groundbreaking this year.”
“We have an opportunity and we plan to use it in the best way possible,” he added.
Crews also shared about some of the conversations he has had with his 14-year-old son about the police. He said he told his son, “As a young black man, you’re not going to be treated as a 14-year-old, especially by the police.”
He added, “He was scared, I’ll be honest, it’s one of those things where he gets heart palpitations when a police car goes by. It’s not the same. He does not feel safe, there’s a threat feeling.”
However, Crews said he views this moment as “an opportunity right now for us all to unite and get together and understand what this is and that we have to battle this together.”
The new scrutiny of police shows comes after George Floyd, a black man, died in police custody after a white Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes.
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