A&E’s prime rated Dwell PD, which follows cops stay on the job, has been canceled after weeks of protests and civil unrest over police brutality following the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and different Black individuals by the hands of cops.
“This can be a essential time in our nation’s historical past and we now have made the choice to stop manufacturing on Dwell PD,” A&E mentioned in a press release to Selection on Wednesday. “Going ahead, we’ll decide if there’s a clear pathway to inform the tales of each the neighborhood and the cops whose function it’s to serve them.”
A spokesperson for A&E didn’t instantly return BuzzFeed Information’ request for remark.
The choice comes simply days after the Austin American-Statesman reported the encounter between Javier Ambler, a Black man who died in March 2019 after sheriff’s deputies in Austin pinned him to the bottom and repeatedly tased him, was captured by a Dwell PD crew.
Within the video footage reportedly captured by the crew and on the deputies’ physique cams, the previous postal employee pleads for mercy, telling them he has congestive coronary heart failure and may’t breathe. Because the battle continues, Ambler says “I can’t breathe” and screams for assist, the newspaper reported. Nonetheless, Statesman and information station KVUE reported that not solely did the episode by no means air, Dwell PD footage of Ambler’s loss of life was destroyed.
Host and government producer Dan Abrams pushed again in opposition to the Statesman on Twitter, saying the newspaper ought to “actually concentrate on the loss of life of Javier Ambler,” and suggesting the native district lawyer was solely “all of the sudden centered on this now” for political causes regardless of having physique cam footage from the deputies.
A&E had already pulled Dwell PD episodes this previous weekend “out of respect for the households of George Floyd and others who’ve misplaced their lives,” however Abrams advised followers simply days in the past that the present was returning.
After information of the cancelation was printed Wednesday, Abrams mentioned he was “past upset,” including that he was satisfied the present, which is a giant scores driver for A&E, would go on.
The choice to cancel the present comes in the future after the Paramount Community introduced it was canceling the long-running actuality present Cops, which additionally filmed legislation enforcement on patrol within the subject. The present first aired in 1989.