Live PD host Dan Abrams reacted to the show’s cancellation. Earlier this week, the host teased the show’s return. But that’s not the case anymore. He clearly wasn’t aware of A&E’s plans. On Wednesday, June 10, the network announced that it’s no longer moving forward with the show.
Last week, A&E pulled Live PD amid the George Floyd protests. Nationwide protests erupted after the 46-year-old man died in police custody. A Minneapolis police officer held his knee on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes. Protestors have been calling out police brutality and racial injustice.
Some even took to social media to call for the end of “copraganda.” Paramount Network canceled Cops and scrubbed the long-running series from its official website. A&E decided to make similar plans with its No. 1 show.
Live PD host Dan Abrams feels the cancellation is an “overreaction” to recent events
A&E pulled the plug on the show in wake of the ongoing protests in the U.S. and across the world. Live PD host Dan Abrams is not happy with the abrupt cancellation. After the cable network announced its plans to end production of the docuseries. Abrams slammed the network’s decision, calling it an “overreaction,” per People.
“I think that it’s very troubling that we’re suddenly in a culture where all police officers have to suffer for the sins of a few,” Abrams said during his SiriusXM radio show, The Dan Abrams Show, on Thursday, June 11. “And I say that for every group, it’s not just police officers.”
While Abrams agrees there’s “positive change” happening, he also feels there’s “an overreaction going on.” The A&E show suffered as a result. Live PD followed police officers during their patrols. The network broadcasted the show live for viewers.
Abrams previously revealed that he was “shocked & beyond disappointed” about the show’s cancellation. He once again expressed his shock during his radio show.
“I thought we were going to have a discussion about how to make the show better,” Abrams explained. “And we were going to figure out how to deal with some of the positive change that people are implementing and figure out how to incorporate that into the show.”
However, the show was canceled after four years. The cancellation comes in lieu of the ongoing protests over police brutality.
Dan fires back at CNN anchor who claims the show lacked “social responsibility”
Earlier this week, headlines revealed that Live PD’s crew filmed a man, Javier Ambler, who died during an arrest. During his appearance on CNN, Abrams clashed with anchor Brianna Keilar who said that the show was nothing more than just “entertainment,” per Fox News. Abrams was very defensive. Keilar addressed the March 2019 of Javier Ambler, whose arrest and death were captured by Live PD. However, the footage never aired on the show.
Abrams suggested that Live PD is more transparent than other shows. He believes that his show doesn’t edit what it broadcasts. He noted that Ambler’s death never aired as the program covered other counties.
“It gives the sense of hiding behind policies and washing your hands and not having a social responsibility,” Keiler said, “you’re sort of utilizing people who are in… you’re saying it’s transparency but I don’t know if it is social responsibility.”
“Then I think you’re not listening to what I’m saying,” Abrams shot back. “So when we’re talking about transparency for the police, when you’re talking about the reason to want body cams… what we’re saying is that we want to be able to see more of how police do what they do.”
Live PD host regrets footage of in-custody death
Dan Abrams has been answering questions about the show’s cancellation. He was also asked why the footage of Ambler’s death was destroyed. In a lengthy Q&A on his website Law & Crime, Abrams expressed regret over Live PD not saving the footage, per Yahoo! Entertainment.
“Given what happened, I wish the tape had been preserved and the policy should have had an exception for this sort of situation,” Abrams wrote. “Many of us were advocating for a change in the policy before the show was canceled.”
The policy in question reveals that footage is deleted after several weeks to prevent law enforcement from “attempting to use Live PD video to prosecute citizens seen on the footage.” Sometimes the footage is saved if there’s a legal reason to do so. But Abrams said there were no requests to save the footage.
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