One of the most popular shows on cable television in America, “Live PD,” has been canceled amid police protests.
The show’s former host Dan Abrams appeared on Fox News and reacted to the shocking news.
Newsday reported that A&E Network has canceled the police reality series “Live PD” after weeks of protests over the killings of George Floyd and other people of color at the hands of police, and a report that a crew from the show filmed the death of another black man in police custody.
The network has announced the move on Wednesday, a day after the similar show “Cops,” on the air for 33 seasons, was dropped by the Paramount Network.
“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.
“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 cancellation also comes a day after a reports from the Austin American-Statesman and KVUE-TV that 40-year-old Javier Ambler, who was black, died in Texas last year after sheriff’s deputies repeatedly used stun guns on him, despite his cries for help and pleas that he was sick and couldn’t breathe.