Mirroring Paramount Network’s to cut its ties with veteran “Cops,” A+E Network has canceled its copycat docuseries “Live PD.” The parting of ways came after weeks of protests inspired by the death of George Floyd and a report that a crew from the show filmed the death of another black man in police custody.
“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 in March 2019 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.