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raunchiest, most outrageous highlights from the past twenty season, this 2-disc
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featurettes. It would be a crime to miss it. This program contains nudity, adult
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"Absolutely captivating, raw and unpredictable!" - Los Angeles Times
At The Fifth Annual TV DVD Awards on 10/14/08 Cops: 20th Anniversary Edition won Best Reality Show for 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.
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|Promo before the menu - Fox Saturday Cops makes television history with the milestone 20th season. 20 years on the beat and still gong strong. The wildest chases, toughest takedowns, strangest suspects - Cops. Don't miss all new episodes Saturdays on Fox.|
|20th season special - Audio: English Stereo, Subtitles: English, French, Spanish. Scene selection - 1. Chases 2. Hands Up! 3. Under the Influence 4. A Little Pot 5. Resisting Arrest 6. Jolted 7. Crimes of Passion 8. Love Triangles 9. Hazardous Duty 10. Fan Favorites 11. What are you Doing? 12. End Titles|
|Cops Pilot Episode
Note: This is the full version not seen in nearly 2 decades. On reruns it is broken in 2 parts and about 5 minutes has been removed and features an ending interview with Vicki not included here.
Commentary with John Langley, Stephen Chao, Nick Navarro & Jerry Wurms
Scene selection - 1. Broward County, FL 2. In the line of duty 3. Cleaning up the street 4. Coke and Cash 5. 20 Questions 6. On the ground 7. Body in the canal 8. Involved 9. Airport interdiction 10. Workaholic 11. Operation crackdown 12. End titles
Commentary: John Langley here with Steve Chao former president of Fox TV, Nick Navarro former Sheriff and Sgt. Jerry Wurms of Broward County. SC - I remember all the beauty and bikini shots, anything that would get them noticed. JL - It's very flawed and full of holes looking at it now, like a bucket hit with a shotgun. I think it made Steve's career. He owes everything to me. NN - No one saw cops in this manner until now. JW - 20 years later we are still going. JL - We got Burt Lancaster because I knew his daughter, I worked with Burt on a film. He was only for the pilot. The disclaimer was copied about 10,000 times verbatim. You are used to them now, but then it was real. It was lost in he heyday of drugs and it hasn't changed much since then. NN - It's a war, the smugglers are going to bring it in and we are going to fight them. These shots bring a chill to you at first. JL - When we first asked you to ride along what did you think? NN - I thought it was a great idea to be on the big screen. SC - It was so daring, so many said no, they might behave bad on camera. NN - I didn't want any deputies to become movie stars. I didn't want anything reproduced if we did it right, if we did it wrong show it. JL - If you didn't let us come we might not have made it. There was no second choice lined up. No Broward, no cops. Here's the funeral that continues to happen. There has been 10 we have filmed in the line of duty. NN - I have been to too many, many of my heroes are being buried, killed for no reason trying to do their job. JL - This is unusual, lots of objective shots, not how I wanted it to become, we gave concessions to you and Fox. SC - It was concessions to viewer conventions. JL - I thought we'll do some of this for Fox because that's what we are used to. JW - Don't forget it was an hour pilot, we were filling a lot of time not knowing what to do. JL - I always knew it would be half an hour, Fox didn't. I hate the way it looks, it looks too posed. That's a real girl, really a 911 call. A great establishing shot. JW - I worked for Travolta's production company. He was a childhood friend of mine. JL - We were filming American Vice and JW was chasing guys, you can't do that. I said you really should be a cop and he did right after. What is happening here? JW - I worked in a neighborhood that was loaded with drugs and I would stay around the corner and wait for people. There are a lot of blurs because they weren't good at releases then. SC - The lawyers didn't know the rules. JL - There weren't any. We wouldn't have these shots of him going in and coming out of the car. We like POV calls. Lots of news cameras didn't know how to film it. It took a while to convince them not to film this. JW - I stopped people in traffic knowing they had drugs. You never saw anything like this. Now you've seen it 100 times. Even the news didn't do it. JL - In 1969 they did a special called Law and Order (Frederick Wiseman) and I was disappointed when I saw it, they beat me to the punch, but I could claim ignorance. JW - The area I worked in was predominately black, so a white man coming in 9 times out of 10 was buying drugs. I took him to jail and got another. JL - This is the one, this is the runner. We actually missed the shot, it's a cheat. You see the blur, the cameraman wasn't able to get it, not trained. JW - He took off and ran, I had to go after him and be on the radio. JL - Here comes the classic line, say it. JW - That's the classic technique I use. He didn't turn around or stop, sometimes they hit the car. JL - If he shot him he would be tried for murder. He couldn't outrun him because he was good shape. JW - This kind of screaming is really alien to TV audience. JL - You didn't see that kind of raw emotion, the news didn't cover it or turn it into a circus. NN - This is real, if we wanted to show the public what it's about, this is life as a cop. JL - What's it like having a crew with you? JW - They rode with me for a moth, I did investigations and it was fun having them there. They came to my house at night and I opened my house to them. JL - There's Ron Cacciatore. NN - He was one of my best detectives. JL - He stayed with you awhile. JW - I've stayed in touch with him, saw him a few weeks ago. He's moved on in a different career, most of these guys aren't cops any more. JL - There's Dennis Gavalier and Vickie Cutcliff. He really loved the camera and enjoyed it at work and play. Cops corresponds with the popularity of crack cock cocaine, that was the big deal at that time. It was coming up at the time and became and invasion. SC - Check out the post production element, the music. JL - You'll never hear it on Cops again, just he pilot or 1 or 2 more. I didn't want it in the show, they forced it in, when I took it out they didn't notice. You don't hear things like that today, you are going to die. SC - How did it come about? NN - We had a tip from the criminals coming into Broward. JL - A kilo of cocaine, par for the course those days. JW - Nick was very well loved because he took a hard stance on drugs. JL - Look at the amount of cash, that was fairly common right Nick? NN - Yes, drugs, money. It was sad with women coming in with the babies. He made a buy of a quarter kilo and was so sad he pulled it out of the diaper of a baby. It had to be dealt with. JL - In 1988 they were doing regular stings that amounted to kilos and kilos of cocaine. Here comes a big crack attack, Nick loved those. SC - It was familiar to the TV watcher. JL - You don't see this much on Cops anymore, roll calls aren't interesting. JW - Ron and his wife at his house showing normal lives as opposed what they did for a living. SC - The network was very big on the soap opera aspect. JL - You guys made me put it in, then I just dropped it. SC - You guys? JL - Yeah, you Steve. This is more pure. JW - This is fun. SC - This is living room conflict, it harkens back to the American family. NN - He was having a good time, had to laugh himself when he said that. JL - It's an ongoing issue, guys want to watch TV, wives want to talk and go out. NN - 5 minutes later it's back to normal. JL - It's all true, but it looks staged. No one can me it's staged when you go out with the cops. Ron is still with his wife, I think celebrating their 30th anniversary, I think they worked out any differences they had. SC - It's so unusual to see the argument, people would argue about whose side they were on. JL - No matter what it looks staged. JW - It's not a normal house, it puts stress on the family. NN - It does make it hard on the family, but it gets in your blood, it's a devotion. SC - This is the best, deep in the heart of darkness. JL - It's video veritie, POV stuff, following them as they execute the search warrant. SC - In 1988 you had never seen that shot. JW - When you go through the door your adrenaline is pumping hard. NN - It's very dangerous. JW - A big rush. NN - The underworld is well armed, when you get in there you have to be prepared to perfection, everyone knows what they are doing. It has to be executed with minimum risk. SC - You must be stupid, I love that. JL - The typical drug bust in South Florida. The sad thing is the crack problem still continues, it's insidious. SC - The difficulty with any sheriff's department cooperating with cameras was landmark. JL - That's thanks to you Nick, wouldn't have happened without you. NN - I thought the cameras weren't interfering with the duties. They were very discreet, just there doing their job, they became part of their every day. JL - He's very good at talking to the drug suspect, working them as they say, trying to get more info, work the charge, as Steve says it was rare for it's day. JW - It's typical for the neighborhood, several sons over 18 living in their mom's house doing drugs. Sometimes moms would turn away because they brought in money. Some didn't know. They are finding drugs all over, then guns. The whole family gets involved and you could get abatement and take the house, everyone is displaced for them dealing drugs. NN - At the same time it destroys the family fiber, the neighborhood and gets the streets dirty. SC - Same logo John? JL - Yes, the difference between the logo then and now is now is a little color behind it. Remember this Steve? SC - There is beat cops, street cops, homicide, all different views. JL - When we first showed it there was something different, more horrible. SC - Yes, a gay homicide that was shocking. JL - It shocked me. SC - A lot ended up on the floor, especially that. JL - We still shoot these things, but you can be too gruesome. SC - Who paid for that helicopter shot? JL - It wasn't paid for, it was part of the sheriff's dept. There is parts of the show that only so much an audience could take. We blur everything it was all new territory. SC - It was all new, no rules for Cinéma vérité. JL - People weren't used to it but cops see it all the time. SC - There are segments that are not shown that are phenomenal. JL - There are shots that shocked this crew and they had to leave for a week or more. SC - This is the tamer and more captivating homicide segment that wasn't as bad as the other one. JL - This one is a floater in the bayou, it's a horrible scene on TV and reality, even more so in reality. You have all the attendant issues of homicide. Cops see them all the time, one thing to see it in real life, another to see it from the safety zone of the couch. Wurmsie tell us about that scene. JW - This is my Lt addressing roll call about the incident from the day before about the suspect who ran and I wound up catching. Like Nick said we made mistakes on camera and it was shown, if we did, it aired. JL - That's what we tried to do, show what law enforcement is real y about. JW - There I am running again. JL - We wanted to show the grit and reality of it all. I felt we should have a female to vary the pallet of cops. This is Linda Canada. JW - A girlfriend of mine I was friends with, she worked in a different district. JL - It was a high traffic prostitute area which people never saw. She was very photogenic, very popular, Letterman invited her on his show. Same as now if you do a show like this you don't have celebrities you can strut on talk shows and make them spokespersons. They happen to be real people not celebrities. JW - We wound up getting married, unfortunately it didn't work out, that's the way it works in police work. It's hard to have to have 2 cops in one house. We got divorced, I got remarried and we have a 4 year old named Elizabeth. This shows the home life, this is when I was first dating Linda, the boy Johnny is a little boy I ended up adopting and raising. SC - This was the attempt at soap operas. JL - To be perfectly blunt to the audience guys like Steve pushed for this kind of stuff, go home with the cops, show their home life. I insisted it was more interesting to show cops do their job, not cook dinner. The studio forced me to do things I didn't want to do. SC - Your 20/20 hindsight is so perfect. JL - I can't tell you how much I had to put up with producers of big stations telling me what to do, I didn't get it. This is something Steve can comment on knowledgeably, he was there. SC - With you. JL - Yes, we were standing on the side watching all this action. There is a famous scene coming up in a moment with a kid smuggling in Fort Lauderdale. Jerry you work there now? JW - I'm currently assigned to this airport and it has changed tremendously after 9/11. There is a focus on security, still have a Drug Interdiction Unit that Vickie was working at the time. JL - Let me interrupt for a Steve shot. SC - (Laughs) Talk about interrupting the money shot. A big drug bust and there are these 2 babies playing in the pool, I accommodated. JL - Let me put it this way, this is the sort of thing that Fox wanted. I haven't seen it in probably 15 years and it's as painful now as it was then. Back to the real cop show. We are standing watching her do her work. JW - Some of these guys meet the criteria of smugglers by the way they look, where they are going, one way ticket. The word profile isn't used. JL - Steve couldn't believe this guy smuggled drugs. SC - No. NN - We aren't talking about race, it's about action. JL - Steve said that guy wasn't carrying drugs, we are standing there and I said I bet you he is, $20 or whatever. SC - It's not that he was carrying, it's the amount. JL - He said they are harassing him and I said I bet you he is carrying. JW - He first denies it was his bag, now he says it's his, the story kept changing, so you know he's lying. Now they know they got him dirty. JL - He sees the camera obviously, might have been use in the background. Now we are circling around, game is up, he knows he's caught. SC - Honestly it was amazing, I never saw anything like this. JL - They start to cuff him and he's obviously much stronger. JW - People think it's easy to cuff someone, but he's a big boy. JL - He's a beast, knows he's caught in a big bust, he's toast. JW - This is what you call a pile on. NN - When police abuse is used the abuse is done on the police. JL - There is a delayed reaction when the cuffs come out, this was the one that convinced Steve and it happened right in front of him. SC - You made the sale, it was great. JW - He had a gun which is trafficking and a felony. JL - I only learned that recently. JW - This particular guy stayed in the crime life the whole time. He shot at cops and they shot and killed him 5 or 6 years ago. SC - He was on national TV and it didn't stop him, should've been enough. NN - He should've never been on the streets. SC - This part was always the most emotional part of all the things about getting caught, he had to call his mom, as much as you don't like him you feel sorry for him. JL - Did the people at Fox share your feelings at the time? SC - I don't know, it hit on 6 different emotions, Steven Bochco couldn't write it. They couldn't relax enough, were too freaked out about what they had in their hands. NN - Here were go back to Ron & Diane. JL - No matter how intimate it comes off, it was a genuine discussion with a camera, sounds, lights, I was there for all this sort of thing, She said enough, she didn't want us there anymore. I guess Heisenberg's principal of uncertainty is true, the observer affects the observed. We never went back to that. Besides it's not convenient and you are showing their families. Fox insisted on a happy ending so they got it. SC - Reconciliatory kiss. JL - Shakespeare in reality with the kiss. JW - They went through ups and downs like anyone else and they are still married. JL - This was perfect for the American family. SC - But not for Cops. JL - We've had 100s of episodes since, but no soap opera. That's not to disrespect Ron and his beloved wife. Here is the grand windup, the crack attack. This was designed to end in a big bang and bring all our principals back together. NN - We used to have constant meetings on how we would do it and avoid extra risks. We were encountering an enemy who was well armed. JL - This ending has all the characters, the music and news clips. SC - Two minutes of straight music, a nod to TV and film. JL - It was a nod or bow to TV conventions and to Fox. It served its' purpose, it was the 1 hour form. It was an excellent half hour show that ran for an hour. SC - It's a logical and shocking show from scripted to vérité. It has all the things for the screen. JL - It's a docuseries, my objections were that we weren't fixed on reality all the time with fictional techniques. SC - Like soap opera, when does it organically end? NN - In my opinion it led to success in all aspects of law enforcement and led to the recruiting of good people who would never have been interested before. JL - I had no idea it would go farther than the pilot. I knew it was a good show, no crystal ball to say we would be here 20 years. SC - John, you may have known the formula, and not how long it would last but I knew it would last as long as the 10 o'clock news would last. You kept asking me every year if we are getting picked up, I would always say yes you will. JL - That's true, Steve was always a champion of the show. SC - John was always a very dedicated and loyal friend even years later when I got fired from Fox in 1992. He kept sending to my house the rough cut of every single Cops show, which I thought was fantastic. JL - I always thought it was engaged to the producer it still startles and amazes me. You can't script that. NN - I would like to thank you for showing what it's all about, not with actors. Doing their everyday job, carrying out their duties and whatever it takes to keep their community safe. JL - I'm grateful for the opportunity to do it. I thank Steve to this day. SC - Bless you John. JL - Thanks to all you guys, all the people who filmed with us and all the cops, thank you.
|Las Vegas Heat
Note: the original theme song was Powerstation "Some Like it Hot", but on the DVD is was replaced by a generic nothing song.
Commentary with John Langley, Bill Young, Shelia Huggins & Sgt. Tom Jenkins
Scene selection - 1. Homicide investigation 2. Nice catch 3. Prescription bottle 4. Skateboarder type 5. Picking it up 6. Person of interest 7. Robbery decoy detail 8. Jackpot 9. My friends still call me crazy 10. Only in Vegas 11. Booking the suspects 12. Epilogue/End titles
Commentary: JL - Hello, this is John Langley and I'm here with Bill Young former sheriff, Detective Shelia Huggins now with violent crimes and Sgt. Tom Jenkins now with homeland security. They were on this episode in Season 17 and I want to get their impressions of the series. This represents to me what a 1 hour episode of Cops should be. We don't normally do 1 hour specials, but they have their own rhythm, have music and interweaving. This came about from having known Bill for how long? BY - Too long, we hooked up in 89 when we did the episodes there, I was a vice cop. JL - It begins with a homicide. SH - It started first thing in the morning. I had info about a bartender dead in his bar, myself and my partner went and took off. JL - Bill did you have concerns about meddling? BY - We discussed it a little. We wanted you to get the material you needed, but to have respect about the families. JL - I remember having a discussion with people who worked closely with the family. SH - It's a sad story. He just turned 70 and two creeps killed him for 2 pool sticks. He was a Vegas native. JL - Extremely tragic. BY - We did it with discretion and still told the story that needed to be told. JL - One thing I've often wondered - how would you classify crime in Vegas vs. everyone else? BY - It's an international city and we have people doing things here they wouldn't do anywhere else. JL - It's the transient nature of the place. BY - We have 40 million tourists a year. That's a lot of people. TJ - The criminal element is transient, we have gangsters from LA, AZ or NY. Come in, commit crimes and leave, just fly back. Tourists are perfect targets who won't commit crime. JL - We stated with homicide then patrol. BY - That's out on the strip in pursuit of a stolen SUV. TJ - There is a lot of conversation about high speed pursuits. It's not murder, the car will eventually stop. BY - People can get hurt and we have a restrictive policy. JL - What's interesting to me is it's all one take, continuous, no editing one shot. Just showing what cops do. According to you he's a rookie. BY - He's been on 3 years. JL - To me, an army vet, he's a regular. Three years is still a rookie to you? SH - Oh yes. BY - With that hairdo he's always a rookie. JL - I said it's the style, you said not my department. BY - I guess I allowed it. TJ - We had him change it after this segment. He made a suggestion to change it. JL - It wasn't subtle. BY - When I started we had to wear hats, it's changed a lot. JL - The funny thing was our cameraman was brand new, he had been on 3 days. BY - We talked about how steady he was with that camera, it was a hell of a run. TJ - After he stepped into the bushes and gave them a little fertilizing JL - In other words our guy threw up after being on the job only 3 days. SH - I threw up on my first pursuit. JL - That's funny. BY - He did a good job capturing the whole thing, it's not made for TV. JL - That's right, people don't know what we are going to get chasing after cops who are chasing after suspects. TJ can you tell me what happened to these suspects? TJ - This guy was wanted for murder in LA and that's why he wouldn't stop, he had a warrant and wouldn't deal with it. Paul Gasca is a missing persons detective now and Gerard Bello is training. JL - We are back to the homicide and it's tragic, but it showed a different way of going back and forth to show you different aspects police work. SH - It's funny you should say that. It's like our job, something very serious to something we laugh about. BY - We go from one call to the other, sometimes a call comes back, that's the beauty of the show. SH - That's cops. JL - Did you have a good idea who the perps were? SH - At this point we have some good stuff, the pill bottles with names on it. People from the bar brought it in. We had a shoe print in the back that matched one in the bathroom. We had a specific shoe to look for. JL - That became a crucial piece of evidence in this investigation. SH - Exactly. It's one more thing we can look for, this is only 4 hours after the murder, that guy is wearing the same shoes and we want to get him right away. We had a good start. JL - I found this whole case fascinating because it was produced from the get go. SH - My partner Todd and I knew we had those pills, so we split up, he went to the pharmacy and I took care of the victim and the crime scene. We were all pretty excited and they were excited to see what the pills turned up. We were going for 2 days straight. We live in an era where people watch CSI and wonder why we can't solve these things in less than a day. JL - Real life is more tedious and more tragic than TV guys. SH - No glamour here. JL- I agree. Bill did you stay on top of the various homicides while sheriff? BY - Of all crimes murder is a top priority. I got a daily briefing from the staff about all the homicides and this one I watched because it was a longtime Vegas family, it was in the paper and was a mess. JL - We are moving on to a different segment with Gasca. It was very interesting because it was a stolen car call and if I recall you had some problems with this situation. BY - Yeah. Looking at the footage there was some tactical things I wasn't too happy with. You'll see here by the camera angle they might've set themselves up with a crossfire. There is a lot of issues with car stops, you'll see them point their gun drawn across the car with another cop on the other side also with his gun drawn, I wanted to make sure it looked good. TJ - It happened really quick and we get stolen cars all the time. To reference the sheriff's concern, these guys did park in a parking spot and we rolled up from the front and we pull them out from behind, should've gotten them from the front and we kinda blocked ourselves in coming from the front and back. But the way they came up was from the side. JL - It's in the moment. TJ - Exactly. We do it in the moment and straighten it up later if it goes down bad. BY - Sheriffs and police chiefs are the Monday morning quarterbacks sitting in our offices in the luxury of our ivory towers judging the cops in the heat of the battle, but we should just shut up and let them do their jobs. JL - Kind of like executive producers. BY - Yeah right, John. JL - We are the guys who get all the credit and do the least work. How many cars are stolen roughly every year in Vegas? BY - We lose 20,000 a year and that's a lot of cars, one of the tops in the nation. It's the transient nature, lots of rental cars, parking garages and the I15 corridor to Mexico. Unfortunately the punishment aspect isn't as high as I'd like. JL - This is a classic, the owner shows up to confirm it's stolen, SH - Very angry. JL - I can't blame him. BY - Here he comes, he's very Vegas, you had to cut a lot out. JL - We had to cut a lot of language or we couldn't get it on TV. TJ - What happened was he went into a convenience store and came out and the car was gone, he was close by and they caught him fast. JL - It's a classic cops section, I remember the guy was apologizing to them, he wasn't taking forgive me for an answer. SH - The bad guys are probably lucky the cops found them and not him. TJ - I'm sure. JL - Happy ending. TJ - It's a rare scene to get it back that fast, usually takes a week. BY - Vegas has a reputation that anything goes, but people who live there like me are hard on crime. JL - We go back to the murder and what's going on. SH - I knew the suspect had a hold of the bag and thought the pill bottle would lead back to the suspect, but it's never that easy. It took us in a different direction and this is the guy whose pills were in his name. I remember this really well, he rubbed me the wrong way. JL - Did the camera have any effect on him? SH - When we went in I asked the crew to hang back until I got a feeling from him. They were really good about it. It's delicate, have only one shot at this. I told him we had a crew from Cops and he didn't care. It worked out well. JL - That's why we don't do a lot of homicides, it is the ultimate crime and we don't want to do anything to screw it up. SH - I'm so mad at him, he gives an act like he doesn't know anything and wasn't there. All I think of is a 70 year old is dad. I went right over the top and Todd took over. JL - It wasn't intentional good cop/bad cop? SH - It wasn't. It just worked out that way. JL - Once we start filming and our guys blend in does it affect people? SH - In this case they followed me out, they got the sense he would open up if they went out with Todd. JL - My rule is if they start playing to the camera turn it off, then you become the subject. It doesn't work out all the time as I would like it. BY - How often do the cops play to the camera? JL - It's the same issue, if they start hot dogging for the camera I'll say either change cops or keep filming until they get over it. People always ask how much does the camera affect behavior. Not at all, if you are running out of a car and chasing the suspect you don't think about it. TJ - It doesn't, I've been doing it for 12 years. Once it's going you forget it's there. You tell them if the cameras are there things won't get ugly. JL - This is the robbery decoy, Bill how do you feel about it. BY - Sometimes you have to get innovative, it was an older section of town, lots of dealers and whores, figure we would catch them by playing the role, people don't like it, say it's entrapment, but it isn't if you watch. Our DA was good about it. We cleaned up the area. JL - When is it a sting, when does it go over the line? BY - In a lot of stings if a lot of cops are engaging the suspect or forcing them to commit a crime then it's over the line. If they are participating in a crime or forcing the suspect, it's rare, but that's the way it can happen. TJ - A normal citizen wouldn't walk by a drunk and take his money, that's the criminal mind, don't know how you can say that's entrapment. I walk by drunk people all the time and don't steal their wallet. JL - That's a good clarification, I don't think the average citizen gets it. BY - These guys are criminal opportunists and looking to steal from anyone, they deserve to go to jail. JL - They have the predatory impulse. BY - They are going after the decent citizen going down the street. JL - As a filmmaker we are trying to capture the truth in every detail possible. This is offbeat for us, we don't usually get that close to the action, but we are also filming with the detective up there watching it too. BY - You are undercover too. JL - Right. We have to go with the flow so you can see it as they see it. SH - Here are two interesting things - it's the same 7-11 from the last segment and the cops with us filmed that video for us because the owner couldn't retrieve it, the evidence was the Cops video. JL - I believe it was subpoenaed for the trail. BY - This is really good police work by TJ. JL - This is TJ the spotter. Take it away. TJ - I was on foot patrol and as I went through the buses the lady was relieving herself on the crane. They are on the strip out of view, but I saw them. BY - Classy lady. TJ - She wanted to shake my hand, but I said no the at end and you can hear me say not the hand you just used. I got a lot of grief for not arresting them and people say it was because they were good looking. But the reason I didn't was because they were both schoolteachers. They explained they were tired and have you ever really had to go bad? JL - They were leaving more than they were taking. TJ - They were citizens so I couldn't take them. SH - Where would justice be? BY - They could've walked 10 feet into the casino. JL - TJ with his eagle eye. TJ - If you want to see those things you've got be looking. You from one extreme with me and what Shelia was doing, we love it because it is different every day. JL - On a sadder note the homicide investigation goes on. Shelia? SH - The embarrassing thing is my partner keeps working and I'm eating down the street with my sgt. JL - The way it is edited no one would know. SH - I know. The citizen here says he heard a guy said he killed a bartender and knew where he stayed and flagged us down. JL - How often does that happen? SH - It's very rare, but this guy knew who had the pool cues and said he was sitting right there on the street. Todd knew we had him. Right now I'm rolling at 100 miles an hour to catch up with this piece of the pie. JL - The guy in the red shirt, the witness, what ever happened to him? SH - He too is on that downward spiral. He was involved in a robbery turned bad where they killed another drug dealer and he is in prison for conspiracy with his part in that. JL - That's bizarre, he was a good citizen for a day. SH - Correct. JL - There's a very telling moment coming up and there's the tap. SH - Look at his arms, he was shooting up heroin, he was just festering. He spent the next 2-3 days in the hospital, very sick, almost died, he had abscesses on his arms that were clogging his blood flow because he was shooting up. JL - You can see his arm, how old is this kid? SH - Early 20s. JL - That's ridiculous. SH - He is so high right now and it's sad. He has a family somewhere who loves him. JL - It's a stupid instance of drugs and homicide. BY - A lot of people don't want to listen to this, but blame it on drugs. After 28 years as a cop connect the dots, 75-80% of all crimes are linked to drugs. JL - Drugs, drugs, drugs. I agree with you. BY - This instance of drug use leads to a crime that makes no sense whatsoever. SH - Dealing with a guy like this I hate to say it, but as mad as I am for him murdering the bartender the guy is young, has a family, but his life is over now. JL - There is a telling piece of evidence coming up. SH - He has the pool cue with him. JL - Why isn't he cuffed now? SH - His arms were so bad that he was in so much pain we couldn't. He wasn't going anywhere. JL - There are uniformed officers behind you right? SH - Yes. We are all excited that he has blood from head to toe on him, but it was all his, he was in a knife fight the night before. BY - You can see this is a seedy area, not the best part of Vegas, sleazy hotel area. SH - You'll notice he's going to look at his shoes, the day after the murder, in our mind he's wearing the same shoes. Not many people can afford to change shoes. JL - Here's the gotcha moment. SH - It doesn't take CSI to match up the print in the bathroom and back of the victim. BY - This is real police work, it isn't made for TV, this is as close as the real world gets to seeing what real cops are about, that's the beauty of your show. JL - That's what's always been our objective and thanks to your cooperation we got to have the opportunity to do that. I remember telling you we've never had a better special. All these elements come together to show the length and breadth of the police department. Now we are on to a happier or funnier moment TJ? TJ - I was talking to the camera about fatalities crossing the street when I saw my friend coming out of the store with all this merchandize. JL - You've dealt with him before? TJ - Many times. BY - What's his job? TJ - He walks the streets stealing stuff. You can tell I'm 5'10" 150, he's 6'10 190. We try to get the bottles because he normally throws stuff and fights. JL - Oh my god. TJ - See I put him on his knees because if he gets crazy I couldn't deal with him if he was up and fought. It looks funny and I'm smiling here, but he's a very bad, bad man, a very dangerous man if you catch him in the wrong spot. JL - The public at large doesn't get that some of these guys you know very well and do know what they are. Some people think you are acting mean the way you talk to them. TJ - Yes. He has some nasty priors out of CA, he's a mean freak, a week later we came to blows in that same spot. He'll mow you over when he's in his mode. JL - How many times have you arrested this guy? TJ - 15 plus. JL - 15! TJ - Over and over again. JL - That's a question for all of you, how often do you arrest the same people? TJ - A lot especially on the blvd. BY - We see the same guys. Our prisons are packed like sardines, we need more room. JL - Will he be back in jail? TJ - Not in Vegas, some of the transients will be. Look at him, he's not homeless, he's clean. JL - What happened with him? TJ - The next time we caught him he had a warrant for burglary and went to prison for a year, haven't seen him since. JL - Here we are coming to the wind up of the program and the outcome of Sheila's investigation. Tell us what's happening. SH - This is kinda the end. We arrested both subjects did a search warrant at their hotel - this is the night of day 2. JL - This is fast and a great outcome isn't it? SH - Yes, it went bam bam and great you were with us. JL - For us with the tricks and techniques of compressing time. We don't dictate reality, we captured it. The art of editing is making it look easy. About Las Vegas Heat - I hoped we could do a show like the way I wanted to do originally, an interweaving 1 hour format, with a little bit of music between the acts, not within the show, I wanted to show the variety of police work and I think it accomplishes that.. Just so you know it's one of the highest rated shows in Cops history. BY - That's great to hear. JL - It went through the roof. I really appreciated the opportunity to shoot that show and knowing you for 20 years, I hope to know you another 20. Watching this now we shot in over 160 cities, 5 or 6 countries, over 2000 arrests, over 3000 officers and after all these years I still think we can do it better. SH - This is so great, the backpack on the kid had the driver's license of our victim. JL - Pretty compelling evidence. SH - There was a skateboard in here he stole from the guy with the pills that gave us the conviction. JL - Did you find the murder weapon? SH - We did not. It could've been anything in that bar. They grabbed him and bludgeoned him with it and dumped it anywhere. It's not a nice place down there, the bar isn't even 2 blocks from the hotel, so they could've dumped it anywhere. JL - What was the ultimate sentence? SH - The main suspect pled guilty and he's in prison serving life without parole. The second man was a lookout, pled guilty and he's in for 10 plus years. They are in for a long time and that's a good thing. BY - Absolutely. I've said this many times John. Your show has brought my profession to people's homes and they see what we really do and I think that's a good thing. I think the last 20 years has made cops heroic to people. They see the work we do and the differences we make in people's lives and that's a good thing. JL - I appreciate you letting us come in and film on a very difficult and dramatic time. Thanks.
|Parodies and Tributes
Minority Report (2002) Bad Boys CGI Cops intro
My Name is Earl - Our Cops in On (2007)
The X-Files - X-Cops (2000) Cops stop Mulder & Scully
Borat (2006) on TV in hotel room
Reno 911!: Miami (2007) they go to an 814 call, but it's a chicken in the road
Dude, Where's My Car? (2002) I saw this on cops, hit hard and hit fast
Walking Tall (2004) where did you learn that? Cops. That's a good show.
King of the Hill - Meet the Propaniacs (2000) Dale plays Bad Boys
There's Something about Mary (1998) Cops Live TV show has Ted getting busted because it looks like he's having sex in a reststop with other gay men. Has the song and theme. Will be back.
Futurama - Lesser of Two Evils (2000) Bender watches 'Cop Department' on TV with lines - most of them aren't even people. I didn't fire the laser.
Troops (1997) Kevin Rubio interview & the complete film (15:17)
|Famous Fan Favorites - Intro/Lt. Jim Dangle - we are here celebrating 20 years, can you believe it? Chris O'Donell - I'm 37 years old, that's more than half my life. Richard Donner - it was the start of reality sitting in that. Larry the Cable Guy - everybody likes it because it's not fake. Luke Wilson - when I first started watching it I'd never been to New Orleans. Paul Rodriguez - I was very hip wearing my Cops t-shirt and people asked where I got it. Dep Travis Junior & Dep Trudy Wiegel - they watch it to learn how to do their job. Luke says it's revolutionary showing something like that. Pete Sampras - I've seen it in Europe and Germany flipping channels, amazing to see how popular it's gotten. Marlee Matlin - it's a raw show, real, nothing phony about it. Chris - you can't believe it's actually happening except for the fact it's real life. Pete says he's amazed at some of the things you see. What it does is show the real world. Richard - that's great cop stuff. Jim - ladies with mullets scratching each other's eyes out, people buck naked for some reason. Larry - the more naked you are, the more guilty. It's almost like the same guy. Paul - crime is fascination. Luke - you can't beat the real deal the way cops carry themselves. Trudy - if you are a woman you have no business jumping into a fight. She could've broken a nail. Chris - because it's real we never know what's going to happed. Junior - you see some real white trash, real hillbillies. Chris - it's frightening how dumb some people can be. Paul - it gives me an opportunity to keep up with my relatives. Richard - the thing I get a kick out of, I love the chases. Marlee - get away, there they are, the suspense is riveting. Luke - it is a hypnotic show. Richard - when you see the end of the chases and they pull them out they must be pumping a mile a minute. Luke - always the foot chases. You think how do those guys run with the gun & kevlar vest? Jim - how incredibly heavy a cop belt is. This takes almost as much energy I have. Marlee - there are several episodes that are hilarious like the one with all the birds flying around the house, I would be screaming if that as me. Jim - I like things happening to other people. Richard - I wanted to find who that cop was and buy him a Ferrari. Pete - they were hiding under a kids pool. Larry - don't hide in your own backyard unless you have a corn maze. Jim - ever see the one with the flying Elivs's crash, they trick you and twist you? Richard - they treat it as something unique. Paul - you find a place to hide an illegal substance in your car and think you are the first one to think of it. Marlee - not my pants officer. Larry - it really turns me on, all the hookers. Paul - nothing we were just cruising with my friends. I've known him, he's my friend his name is uuhhhh. He's your friend and you don't know his name? I just know him as Pookie. Richard - that cop doesn't know any more than we know, knock on the door, who is going to be in there? Chris - it's like the perfect show. Luke - truth is stranger than fiction, no one could write these. Richard - 100 years from now people will look at it and think that's what life was? Larry - one thing I learned, don't marry your sister. Marlee - this is what's happening, real life every day 24/7. Trudy - congratulations on the 20th. I thought we were doing it all together? Junior - I don't know what you are doing. Trudy - Now I feel like an idiot. Jim - They will probably open the DVD with that and add amazing graphics behind your head. Trudy - Do we get paid extra for this? Jim - We don't get paid. (12:11 mins)|
|Language - English Stereo 2.0, Full Frame 1.33:1, 2007/Color 131 Minutes, 2 dual layer discs, captioned CC, Dolby Digital, Subtitled in English/Spanish/French, DVD video, NSTC 1, copy protected, special features are not rated or closed captioned|
|First Ten Seasons
Scene Selection - Seasons 1-10
1. (Broward County FL - Trojan Horse Stings) #112, 2. (Portland, OR - 3:20 PM Street Patrol) #213, 3. (Las Vegas, NV - 6:30 PM Prostitution Sting Briefing) #311, 4. (Kansas City, MO - 7:45 PM) #403, 5. (Homicide - Los Angeles County Sheriff's Dept) #507, 6. (Nashville, TN - 12:18 AM Suspicious Activity) #610, 7. (Los Angeles, CA - 8:31 PM Stolen Vehicle) #701, 8. (Fullerton, CA - 7:03 PM Street Patrol) #836, 9. (Homestead, FL - 8:28 PM Hostage Situation) #904, 10. (Kansas City, KS - 8:45 PM Felony Warrant) #1015 (72 mins)
|Second Ten Seasons
Scene Selection - Seasons 11-20
11. (Atlanta, GA - 3:37 AM Traffic Stop) #1101, 12. (Indianapolis, IN - 9:17 PM Disturbance Call) #1201, 13. (Maricopa County AZ - 2:25 AM Carjacking) #1333, 14. (San Bernardino, CA - 8:25 PM Traffic Stop) #1432, 15. (Mardi Gras 2002 - 6:14 PM Roll Call) #1502, 16. (Spokane, WA - 5:42 PM Shoplifting Call) #1625, 17. (Cincinnati, OH - 3:05 AM Disturbance Call) #1710, 18. (Gwinnett County GA - 9:38 PM Possible Drug Activity) #1815, 19. (Palm Springs, CA - 3:07 AM Street Patrol) #1910, 20. (Kansas City, MO - 3:02 AM Shots Fired) #2009 (69 mins)
|The Story of Cops
Theme song intro w/all seasons. You can't make this sh-t up. Passaic river rescue #1611. Sgt. Tom TJ Jenkins - We're not actors, what you see is exactly how it goes. We cry when hurt, we get scared, we make mistakes, we're human. There isn't a script, this is the real deal. John Langley - how are you going to do a show with no narration, host and script? No one at the network cared, nobody gave a damn, nobody thought it would work. In my early career I did a show called Cocaine Blues which won some awards, it was a great learning experience for me because I got to film every type of crime. One cop said you want to see what it's really like? Put on a vest and be the third man through the door. (Baltimore, Fort Worth) I understood what it was like for the first time to be a cop, subjecting yourself to danger. I felt the adrenaline rush and I'll never forget it because my lower heart started thumping. That led to the notion of doing a show called Cops which I called Street Beat at the time. It took me a long time to get anyone to understand it. My partner at the time said give up that stupid idea, no one is going to buy it, it's not going to work anyway. Cocaine Blues led to doing a bunch of syndicated specials with Geraldo Rivera, they were very edgy at the time, about murder, runway kids and live drug busts across the country. Stephen Chao - I don't know where the tape came from, but I remember seeing this live drug bust in the Bahamas and it was quite a remarkable document. I said who the hell produced this thing/ JL - I met Stephen when I first pitched him ideas for shows back in 1987. He was a fresh new face at Fox and Fox was a fresh new face in the TV landscape. SC - When John and his partner walked in I was a young executive, but I had a ton of pitches in Hollywood. I thought I met 2 really bad confidence men. John did most of the talking and he refused to be rattled by the ambition of the idea. JL - I knew what Cops was, I had a pure vision of it. Rightfully or wrongly I knew exactly what it should be. SC - John said we'll just take you on a ride and you'll see exactly what cops do. It was such an absurd notion at the time, but I was willing to bet him. JL - Now we had the show sold, we just had to produce it. There is a huge difference from producing and conceiving. So I called up Nick Navarro whom I worked with on American Vice back in the mid 80s. I said Nick we want to come down and film with you, I want to do this show called Cops. Nick Navarro - When John originally told me about the idea I thought it was crazy to get into it because I knew what criticism I was exposing myself to. JL - Most PD were really risk adverse, why film with anybody because it can only be bad news if something goes wrong. NN - We were really going to go through uncharted waters, I knew the chances I was taking. What is life without taking a chance? JL - The great thing about Nick was he believed in transparency, he knew the department served the public, he didn't give a damn and thought you should see everything. SC - The first thing I asked John was could you really get this all on camera? He did a back calculation and said he wanted 5 cameramen shooting 7 days a week. JL - I had a cameraman and a sound man, their duty was to ride along with the cops for as long as it took, following everything he did and capturing it all on camera. Sgt. Jerry Wurms - I had the same cameraman and sound man riding with me over a month. A lot of deputies were leery because a hot call could take place at any time. All of a sudden you were in a fight and wanted to portray it correctly. SC - The most interesting part of the show for the first half year was to see what was too shocking, too much, too staged, too boring. JL - Here are the mistakes I made in the first year of Cops, #1 I did what the network wanted me to do which was have music in the body of the show. #2 to follow the home life of the cops. Big mistake. #3 wasn't a mistake, but we did a 1 hour version, Cops always is, was and would be a half hour show. SC - As a producer it took the rest of the world to catch up. JL - One thing that was constant was I wanted a reggae theme song. I had everyone searching for local bands in Florida and someone came in with a local band and said you'll like this and the lyrics were thoroughly perfect - bad boys, bad boys. Ian Lewis - Bad boys is really a song about life, if you read it right, this is what's going to happen to you. JL - I think the audience related to it and accepted it the first time moment they heard it. IL - People would psychically recognize you on the street, you did that song. Cops promo. SC - All of a sudden the ratings boom took off, there was no marketing campaign, people just found it. In a short period of time people knew the pulse. JL - I would always ask if we were going to be on next year, I had no idea. SC - I said of course it's going to get picked up. JL - To be perfectly blunt the style hadn't emerged until we did 5 or 6 shows. I would say to the cameraman each night don't take your tripod into the field, wherever the cop goes, you go, whatever he sees you see. John La Count - When I first joined the show I was told to shoot everything, don't turn the camera off, roll, roll, roll. If it comes to us we'll get it. Douglas Waterman - The first element to the cops crew is 2 individuals, 2, all it is. They are producers, directors, writers rolled up into one because the story comes from them. JLC - You get to the station and you get ready, put on the microphones, the boom pole. When he gets out I try to get out with one hand, I've got the camera framed up, my partner is getting out. Sheriff Bill Young - They are connected to all these cords jumping out and scrambling after you and I'd think I left them in the dust and no, they are right there. Officer Derrick Pendergrass - They are out there with us scrambling for their lives just like us. JLC - It could take 2 weeks of nothing happening then in 1 night all hell breaks loose. DW - That crew might've shot 10, 20, 30 hours until they got that story, it's a 100 to 1 ratio. BY - So many times over the last 20 years this show has shown the working cop going out grinding on the beat and it makes a hell of a difference. It's changed the way American's think about cops. Sgt. Freddie Cruz - I remember as a kid watching an episode of cops specifically when it was filmed in the city of Miami. I saw a cop named Suarez and was quite impressed and it hooked me to the show. I thought I've got to be on the team. After I became a cop I went to a call and there he was. I said you are my hero and I had to shake his hand and to this day we are good friends. Sgt. Anthony Damiano - We don't go home every night and tell our loved ones what he do. Any time we could be shot at, spit at for any reason. Being on Cops showed my daughter what I did day in, day out. After she saw my episode she was all proud and said daddy you go after the bad guys. Officer Ryan Cook - The show is why I'm in Vegas today, it's while I'm a cop here. Cops gets you to the heart and soul of what police work is all about at it's best and sometimes it's worst. JL - I think I really knew Cops had become a success when I started watching parodies of it. I'll never forget being on vacation with my family and I went to the movies and watched There's Something about Mary and started believing the show was going to be around a while. Promo - beat goes on. DW - Everyday tapes come in from the field, every tape is logged into our database. I look at as many as 5 or 6 stories. Next thing I will do is look at all those stories and see which ones while make the best Cops segment. Then an editor cuts it into a segment that lasts 6-7 minutes. The ideal segment would have no cuts, but that's not reality. So you cut it in the ideal way that makes it fit. Then we work on sound editing, remove curses. We'll blur images where needed. There is maybe 10 seconds worth of action in some shows, but those are the elements that makes some shows. It's the emotional elements that make cops completely. There is going to be someone trying to get away with something or pay the price of making a terrible mistake. Is that person going to go free or go to jail, there is a huge amount of question and I think the audience gets swept away in that moment. SC - What's phenomenal about Cops is the amazing range of emotion you can hit inside of 22 minutes. It's so much more varied than what you get in a sitcom or drama - violence and despair, real tragedy, humor, happiness, emotions are always interesting and fresh, that will always be true. DW - When all these elements come together I will collect enough stories to go upstairs and show them to John. By the time the show gets to air I've seen each segment 6, 7, 8 times. When I see it on the air it's a totally different experience. For whatever reason this collaborative piece of work takes on it's own magic. It feels like I'm almost watching it for the first time. JL - We filmed with literally 100s of cops over the years and they've gone out of their way to be cooperative with us and I am eternally grateful. They are doing a difficult job under difficult circumstances to protect you and me, not many people are willing to do that. NN - 20 years ago when I met John he promised me he would show what cops are really like and that promise has been kept. SC - It's still as interesting a show as it was 20 years ago, it still is dynamic. I think Cops can deliver this endless parade of emotions and experiences for another 20 years, I have no doubt. JL - I would like to think that 100 years from now that sociologists, psychologists and historians will look at Cops like a video textbook of what was going on in the 20th and 21st century and insights into the human behavior with little moments and slices of truth. If it accomplishes that I'll be pleased, that will be my epitaph. (22 mins)
|Cops on Cops
Officer Joe Morgan #1622 - Everywhere you go cops want to be on Cops, I always wanted to be on Cops and I had cops ride with me. It was a quiet day, nothing going on and Cops are in the backseat. A motorcycle came by, I knew it was an illegal plate, he looks at me, I look at him, then he's gone. Dust is kicking up and you can't see anything, suddenly the dust leaves and there are the tracks. I hit the brakes and thought oh no, there is only one thing that's going to make it worse. So then I tried pulling the car off the tracks and it won't come off the tracks, I can't believe it. I'm in trouble. All I have right now is two flat tires, if I can get this off I'm fine, the train hits my car I'm suspended. I didn't even know there was a turn, and the train turns off. What you can't understand watching that 6 minute piece is it took that tow truck driver 20-30 minutes to get to me. I'm dodging trains and he can't find me. I've never seen so many trains in that area so quickly, it's like they are circling the wagons on me. To this day wherever I go - you were on cops? Yes. You got stuck on the railroad tracks? Yes, I did that too.
Sgt. Harry Jackson #205 - Cops captures reality of street life, the realities of the tough life of whores, a life people don't have to experience unless you are one, a pimp or a cop. This girl is 15 years old, I received a phone call from family members that she hadn't been home in a while and had been on the streets. She had drank alcohol, taken drugs, was on her way up in a high, as we talked to her she got higher and higher. She was a little stronger than normally she would be, I didn't want to manhandle her since she was a young person, so I called for 2 female officers to help me with the custody. When she started crawling up o the car I was thinking the best thing to do was probably drag her down, but keeping in mind she was a young lady and do it with as much gentleness as I could. With an effort to get this lady back on track I didn't want to arrest her, I wanted to get her back home. I wish I could say that this experience we had was to set her straight, but a little while later I saw her back on the streets, sad to say she was doing the same thing. This is not a glamorous life.
Officer Ryan Cook #1920 - I'm with Vegas metro, fortunate enough to ride with Cops. One day earlier in the shift I stopped a car, when I got to the front of the car my eyes almost bugged out of my head. There happened to be two very attractive young ladies that happened to be wearing bikinis. After I gathered my thoughts I tried to plug away professionally and do everything by the numbers as they taught me to do. You never know what you are going to get on the street. It turned out to be a very, very interesting stop.
Officer Derrick Pendergrass #1830 - I've been watching Cops ever since I was a kid and it's amazing what the camera can capture as far as what we deal with as cops. At that time I was thinking medical, what can I do to get this person help so they are OK. You come in with one mindset, then it switches over to something you weren't prepared to encounter. I'm trying to find out what's going on, how she was injured knowing she was highly drunk and that it's hard for her to comprehend what happened to her and put it into words so I can help her out. Doo doo - that's my new nickname pretty much now. She's trying to be the cop and control the conversation with me, and I'm trying to control the conversation and be a police officer. It was still an issue of her safety, trying to keep her calm, didn't want her to stand up so she didn't fall and get hurt. Looking back at it I was furious, I was trying to keep the woman safe and she was trying to bite my arm. But there is sympathy that she was drunk and didn't know what she was doing. I'm completely satisfied with the way I handled the situation, I would do it again the same way. At the end of the day I'm going to go home safe and the people I work with are gong to go home the same way.
Deputy Belinda Mangum-Lorenz #1818 - I had cops ride with me. The very last day was one of the most fun calls that I had. It was a traffic stop on a suspicious vehicle, these guys from the moment I walked up were trying to hide things and lie to me. What you don't see is when I walk up I see the driver brushing the pot off his shirt and the car reeks of dope. Of course every other person in the car has to lie that they didn't see nothing, didn't know nothing, always he same. They lie to your face. What you have to deal with every day is you have to see through it to know what we are dealing with.
Sgt. Anthony Damiano #1605 - one of the good things about Cops is it's reality TV, but on the streets it's hard to tell between reality and fiction. I knew the guy was full of it from the minute he came out of the vehicle and said he was working, it was 10 o'clock at night, he wasn't getting out of work. What you have to do is figure out the story, have to separate them, talk to the girl, to the guy, see if their stories match. I was trying to play them against each other and it worked. They are always out there to try to trick you because no one wants to go to jail, they want to do their crime and get away with it.
Capt Joseph Lombardo #340 - I am currently assigned to Homeland Security. People always ask if the experiences make you hard. 20 years ago I was on the street as a young narcotics cop. I show up and there is this woman in the street yelling and screaming. I don't know what the hell is wrong with her. The most disturbing thing about the whole episode was after she was jailed a neighbor called and said what about the kids? This lady was whacked out on drugs and had 2 kids at home. I thought oh my god how could she do that with two small kids? They don't teach you that in the academy about life. After a while it just hardens you and you show up, go through your business just like every other call.
Officer Rob Boothe #1620 - one of the great tings about Cops is not only does it focus on the action, but some of the psychological aspects people don't see. What I'm seeing is the suspect exits the vehicle and his eyes are pretty large and he's under the influence of some mind altering substance. Knowing that how we prevent ourselves to him will show how the situation goes. You can feel the tension in his forearms and shoulders, his eyes go from half closed to focused, there are all the signs that the suspect is going to be hostile. It's inevitable that this will end in some kind of use of force. The only thought is what's the best way to keep myself safe, my partner safe and the suspect safe while maintaining a sense of control. The taser had just been introduced to our department and it was the perfect situation, the suspect doesn't get hurt and it worked flawlessly. So here's our suspect that goes on and on that he's been hit, stabbed, socked in the jaw, can take care of himself and nothing hurt more than that taser. You think he learned, it would be a landmark event in his life. He's been arrested many times since then, has been tased multiple times and not only does crime not pay, it doesn't think as well.
Deputy Casey Jacobson #1228 - when Cops came to Albuquerque I figured I wasn't gong to be part of the show because I worked in the North Valley which is a quieter part of Bernallilo County. It doesn't have a high volume of calls especially on graveyard hours which was the shift I was working. The incident I was in was in the city limits and involved a chase of a silver Camero they weren't able to catch. He was firing a weapon out of the car. It came into our county, came over our air and they asked for assistance if anyone could do a PIT maneuver. One cop said Casey could do it and is certified, so I got volunteered. I thought oh crap, I have to do this and I can't screw it up. I was 3 months out of the academy and was barely comfortable doing the everyday normal stuff like tickets and reports, let alone a high intensity type incident. Thankfully I had enough sense to look around at my surroundings, they hadn't had the road blocked totally off. I was attempting to do the PIT and saw oncoming lights, the adrenaline was pumping, I was nervous and scared and had to get right up next to the car. The PIT I did slowed the suspect down and we were able to do another PIT to stop the car. It came out good, we got our guy. I wanted to do it again, after that one it was fun, but I know you can't just go out and PIT every vehicle that you want to stop.
Sgt. Tom Jenkins #1813 - I'm with the Vegas PD, have been rolling with the crew almost 12 years, even the gangsters I deal with have seen the show. I happened to get a call on a dangerous suspect fighting with a subject in a restaurant. What people don't know is before I got there the suspect had torn a McDonald's apart. As we were driving there I am assuming he was in the business, but the crew spotted him walking and if they hadn't been there I might've missed him and he would've destroyed another business. When I walked up he called out some racial slurs and I knew he wasn't going to be cooperative. I asked him to take his hands out of his pockets and he refused. As you can tell it's a quick decision for us and we have to use force. It was one of those ask, tell, then make. It got to the point I had to make him take his hands out, he put himself in that predicament and that's how we got to that conclusion. It got me a little respect from the gangsters who I deal now who think if they don't listen to me they are going to get that maneuver I did on this guy. It's been good, mostly good, it's made me famous and infamous all at the same time, you realize how much impact the show has and how many people it reaches. (31 mins)
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