In the wake of protests over the death of George Floyd, police brutality, and racial inequality, A&E Network has announced that it is cancelling their “Live PD” show.
Live PD was a reality TV show that followed police officers as they patrolled cities across the country.
One of the cities featured on the show was Mission, Texas, where the daily operations of the Mission Police Department were shown to viewers across the nation.
The move comes one day after a similar series, COPS, announced that it was going off the air in response to social upheaval over police brutality.
“This is a critical time in our nation’s history and we have made the decision to cease production on Live PD,” A&E said in a statement Wednesday evening. “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 show came under controversy recently when footage of a black man dying under police custody in Williamson County near Austin was destroyed by the show and not turned over to investigators.
The show’s host Dan Abrams took to Twitter to vent his frustrations over the news: