Cops first debuted on Fox in 1989, before moving to the Paramount Network. In the wake of the murder-by-cop of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Cops is canceled by the network. The live-action police show will not return to the Paramount Network at any time in the future.
Paramount Network cancels Cops
Season 33 of the popular, long-running police show Cops was set to premiere on Monday. However, after running for more than 30 years, it is all over. A spokesperson for the Paramount Network speaks to Deadline on Tuesday. The spokesperson says Cops is no longer on their network. They add that the network also has no “current or future plans” for the live-action police show.
Episodes of Cops were pulled in the wake of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. This death at the hands of a police officer has led to local and worldwide protests.
Cops TV show has been around for three decades
Cops has been a popular show since it first aired on Fox in 1989. In 2013, after 25 seasons, Spike TV starts airing Cops. In 2018, Spike TV becomes the Paramount Network.
The show depicts police officers from all over America. It visualizes live-action footage with commentary by the police officers involved. Due to its depictions of police officers and suspects, the show has received criticism in the past. In the wake of police brutality and the protests against this and systemic racism, criticism of Cops has increased.
Protesters continue to capture video footage of police brutality across the nation in several cities. These include Atlanta, Georgia and Buffalo, New York. As the police in the videos get identified, they face termination and/or suspension.
Brutality by cops leads to George Floyd’s death
Authorities suspected George Floyd of money forgery. However, he dies in Minneapolis on May 25 during an arrest. A police officer pins Floyd down with his knee on his neck for almost nine minutes. As noted by People, video footage of the entire process was captured. “I can’t breathe.” Viewers hear Floyd saying repeatedly. He also calls out to his mother and eventually dies.
Derek Chauvin is the Minneapolis Police officer who pinned Floyd down. Authorities charged him with second-degree unintentional murder and manslaughter. Authorities charged the three other officers who were present at the scene too. These charges relate to aiding and abetting second-degree murder. And, abetting in second-degree manslaughter. It was Derek Chauvin who placed his knee on George’s neck. Allegedly, it was Derek Chauvin who killed George. But, many believe the other cops should have stopped him. And, they consider them just as guilty for this reason.
‘I Can’t Breathe’ and ‘Black Lives Matter’ protests against cops
Huge protests spring up over the entire country against police brutality. Protesters use the words “I can’t breathe” on banners and posters. These local protests led to similar demonstrations. Similar demonstrations all over the world. Demonstrations against racism and police brutality.
Sadly, George Floyd’s funeral took place on Tuesday, June 9th in Minneapolis. They laid George to rest alongside his mother. His mother who he cried for during his final moments of life.
Now, fans may be sad to hear that Paramount Networks has pulled the Cops television show after such a long run. However, this action does make sense in the current climate.
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