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Police TV show Live PD delays new episodes and Cops halt season premier

Popular police 'ride-along' shows Live PD and Cops have been pulled from their regular schedules as Black Lives Matter protests and calls to end police brutality swell across the nation.

A&E Network announced that Live PD, its most popular television show, will not air new episodes on Friday and Saturday, Variety reports. 

Repeat episodes of the spinoff Live Rescue, which follows emergency rescue units and fire departments, will play in its place. 

Cops on Paramount Network was scheduled to begin its 33rd season on Monday, but it's currently not listed in its usual 10pm ET spot. Ghostbusters is set to air instead.

A&E Network announced that its series Live PD (pictured) would not air new episodes this Friday and Saturday amid protests against police brutality 

Paramount Network reportedly began phasing out Cops from its program schedule a week ago, as the long-running reality TV show did not air last Monday either. 

Even more, Paramount appears to have no future plans for Cops on its network, according to The Hollywood Reporter. 

The network is reportedly shifting from unscripted programming despite still running reality franchises like Wife Swap and Ink Master. 

The network has also pulled any mention of Cops from its official website.

The long-running TV show Cops (pictured), first aired on Fox Network in 1989 and was set to premier its 33rd season on Monday

'Out of respect for the families of George Floyd and others who have lost their lives, in consultation with the departments we follow, and in consideration for the safety of all involved, we have made the decision not to broadcast Live PD this weekend,' A&E Network said in a statement. 

As of Saturday evening, the network still has new episodes scheduled to premier June 12 and 13. 

The decisions to remove Live PD and Cops comes as demonstrations fighting police brutality and systematic racism continue to form across the US over the death of George Floyd. 

Cell phone footage showed Floyd, 46, pleading 'I can't breathe' while a white Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin, knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes. Floyd later died.   

Thousands of Americans have since rallied together in the streets of several cities to demand racial equality, as well as political and social change. 

Critics of Cops (pictured) have suggested that amplifies the perspective of law enforcement and inflates the rate of crime 

Several protests have sparked in the United States after George Floyd, a 46-year-old African-American man, died in police custody last week 

Pictured: Protesters gather and block the intersection of La Cienega and Santa Monica during a march against police brutality in West Hollywood, California 

Paramount Network on Monday honored Floyd when the company's cable networks went dark for eight minutes and 46 seconds - the amount of time Chauvin held his knee on Floyd's neck. 

Both TV shows are series that send camera crews to capture law enforcement working in real time as they patrol their beat.

Cops premiered on Fox in 1989, when the media company was just beginning, and aired for 25 season on the network. 

It was later revived Spike TV when the former network rebranded as Paramount Network in 2018.

Cops is often considered one of the originators of modern reality television, but has also faced backlash for its depiction of law enforcement and concerning off-camera practices. 

Some critics have suggested that camera crews could retrospectively cut out any content that would portray law enforcement in a negative light.  

Rosenberg: 'There are always gaps between reality and fiction, but given what policing in America has too often become, Hollywood’s version of it looks less like fantasy and more like complicity'

Live PD first aired in October 2016 with host Dan Abrams and additional analysis from Tom Morris Jr. and Sean 'Sticks' Larkin,

 The series follows sheriffs and police officers across the country as they patrol various communities.

Live PD has become the top cable series on Friday and Saturday nights. The show returned in April after it temporarily shut down production amid the coronavirus pandemic.

On Thursday, The Washington Post released an op-ed by Alyssa Rosenberg, titled 'Shut down all police movies and TV shows. Now.'  

The article argued that such media is oftentimes written from the perspective of law enforcement and exaggerates the rate of crime in communities.

'The result is an addiction to stories that portray police departments as more effective than they actually are; crime as more prevalent than it actually is; and police use of force as consistently justified,' wrote Rosenberg.

'There are always gaps between reality and fiction, but given what policing in America has too often become, Hollywood’s version of it looks less like fantasy and more like complicity.'  

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