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Cops the TV show

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Mr_Moore, Dec 1, 2005.

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  1. Mr_Moore

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    I am a big fan of "Cops". I have a DVR and record all episodes on all channels. Currently I have 17 episodes to watch.

    I like for my kids to watch Cops. I think they can learn a lot about crime and what to avoid, like drunk driving when they get older. (My adult children already know about that one)

    I was wondering if most folks here are fans of the show.

    I also was wondering if anyone had some favorite episode.

    I think there were some episodes where ccw holders were involved in incidents and were not arrested.
     
  2. Declaration Day

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    I enjoy the show a lot but don't make a point to watch it. If I am flipping through the channels and I see it listed, I usually turn it on.

    I saw an episode last night where county sherriffs were pulling a wanted man down out of an attic. While they had their guns pointed up at him, one of the sherriffs had his gun pointed at his partner's head briefly. :eek:

    On another episode, the cops were chasing a drunk guy in a Ford Ranger down the freeway. They had blown out his tires and his rims were shooting sparks everywhere. When they finally stopped him, and had him in custody, one of the cops yelled "What the hell is your problem buddy?" To which the suspect replied "I need a beer."
     
  3. ScottsGT

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    I watch that show and feel sorry for the class of people that cops have to deal with and in some strange way understand why cops are stereotyped as being heavy badged, and at the same time, understand why cops can get an attitude towards someone that does not deserve it. Expect the worse, when you deal with the dregs of society 95% of the time.
    There was one episode that stands out in my memory of a guy that did not belong on the police force from my view. Just his attitude and the way he spoke of people, and not to mention the physical apperance. Not sloppy, just the extreme opposite. Bulked up muscles, shirt 2 sizes too small to show off his body, shaved head, leather driving gloves ALL THE TIME. He just oozed of testosterone and "I want to bash your head and I can because I have a gun and a badge and big muscles." attitude.
     
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    You could not believe how appreciative a slightly built Police Officer can be when that testosterone oozing musclehead cop shows up at an out of control bar brawl!:neener:
     
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    I love the show!
    I usually get to watch it every night because I don't sleep well and while my husband is snoring away, I channel surf. And I usually find it on late at night.
    Although sometimes I do think some of the cops get a little fired up and get too rough with some of the suspects, but I guess that they are just doing their job.
    I think I remember that one. LMAO:p
     
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    As a LEO with 34+ yrs I find it embarrassing some of the characters wearing uniforms that they follow around. There are some real hot dogs on there at times.
     
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    I guess everyone has there place, and that would be a good one!
     
  8. Nathanael_Greene

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    I watch the show from time to time, but I find it a little depressing. So many really, really screwed up people out there. The domestic fights are the worst for me. I see the kids in the background, looking like they're a hundred years old, and it breaks my flinty heart.

    And way too many segments filmed within a few miles of my house.

    It seems like cops hear nothing but lies all day long--that must get exhausting. It's exhausting to watch. "No, this isn't my car." "No, that's not my picture on that driver's license." "I've only had two beers, officer, swear to God." "I wasn't doing nuthin'." "Those aren't my drugs!"

    But my favorite episode--from right here in Fort Worth--involves an elderly widow who thinks there's someone in her back yard, so she fires a couple of rounds in the dark while the cops are there. Officer tells her that she's got a right to defend her property, but she needs to be sure what she's shooting at--and reloads her old .38 for her. Somewhere on the East Coast, a liberal had a heart attack watching that, I'm sure!
     
  9. Declaration Day

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    How about when the cops find drugs in a suspect's pants and he says "Them's not mah pants! I borrowed them from mah cousin!"
     
  10. Mr_Moore

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    My wife surprised me in that she enjoys the show, too.

    I am guessing that we are seeing police on their best behavior. They know the cameras are on.

    I know in a lot of the cases, I would have been tempted to give a guy a cheap shot. I am not a police officer and I guess that is a good thing:)

    One case in particular annoyed me. This cretin who had beat his girlfriend way lying in a stairwell where he had fallen. He was YO, YO, YO 'in the officers while he called them on repeatedly. Bad attitude to the extreme. I think he might have fallen on his face on the cement if I had to pick him up.

    Now if I get that feeling just watching, I wonder what the real situation does to a person, what with the adreniline running high.

    I think that cops should be better than me and not drop the guy on his face - I am just saying what I would be tempted to do. Droping him on his face would probably fuel his resentment for his next encounter with the police and could get the officer in trouble. On the other hand, the nit wit might show more respect next time.

    Like I said, good thing I am not a cop.

    Oh, in a couple of cases I think I did see the bad guy get a cheap shot. The guy was hidden from the cameras and comes up with a bloody mouth or head.

    I saw a few episodes of Cops from Russia - they have a WHOLE different attitude.
     
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    I enjoy "COPS", but it does seem to get repetitive after a while, complete with stereotypes. Way too many drunks with mullets and inverted tooth/tattoo ratio; fat, mouthy, sleaze-bag broads who whouldn't be allowed to own spandex; drugged out skanky hoookers of any race; and plenty of hip-hop gangstas, whose 'nads seem to shrivel when 'the man' shiows up. I'm semi-impressed with the general level of professionalism and compassion on the part of the cops, though, as noted, there are some real hotdogs running with them, too. I couldn't do that job, it's too multi-disciplined (i.e. social worker/proctologist/trashman) for me.
     
  12. Mr_Moore

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    Not to mention underpaid. I had an uncle who retired as a Lieutenant. He made an OK paycheck, but not nearly enough to compensate for the BS/danger he had to put up with.

    I vote that all cops get a 100% raise immediatly. :) (I'll even pay the extra taxes to pay for it)
     
  13. DragonFire

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    Actually most of the time I think the cops on the show demostrate alot more restraint than I probably would have.

    On one show a cop has his nose broken during a scuffle with a suspect, and still didn't lose his cool.

    Yeah, there are some hot-dogs on the show, but I'd expect there be some out there in real life (as there are in every occupation). I think I was more surprised by one officer they were with that was an ex-minister. Quiet guy, but he seemed to be able to handle the situations well.

    My favorite episode is with a cop from Miami. They get a call from a wife about her drunk husband. Two cops go into house to talk to guy, who is VERY drunk and wants to get into cop's face. Cop pushes him into a chair, guy pops up, cop pushes him back guy pops up... guy starts to get a little more aggressive as he gets back up ...cops pushes him back and takes out a very long night stick and tells him if he want to swing at him, to go ahead. Guy tells him to beat him if he wants to, ... end result is they drag guy to car in handcuffs, he asks why he's going to jail and cops says because "you're an a..hole!". Guy starts yelling "I'm an a..hole, I'm an a..hole!", When they get him into the car he starts beating his head on the windows.

    Thing was, the cop had an attitude that I sort of respect. Not gung-ho, not too much sympathy for the "bad guys", just trying to do his job.
     
  14. Oldtimer

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    FWIW, the "Cops" crew was at my police station for one full week, back in the early 1990's, and went out for "ride-alongs" numerous times. The "crew" consisted of only two people...a camera man and a sound man. Both brought their own body armor along, and they both seemed quite "savvy" about police procedures.

    I was the "star" in two segments, but was very reluctant. They "wired" me with a small transmitter in the pocket and a lapel-worn mini-microphone.

    During one of the segments, I was working alone and had both of the crew members tagging along right behind me when I was assisting with the search for two armed bank robbers. At the time, I was the only "roving" patrol available to check on a reported "prowler" hiding in the backyard of a residence that was just outside of the search perimeter. The crew followed me to the front door of the person who had reported the "prowler", and I learned that the "prowler" was STILL hiding behind an old washing machine in the backyard. The crew followed as I made my way to that backyard.

    Sure enough! There WAS someone hiding behind the washing machine, that was covered by a sheet of plastic! I commanded the man to slowly crawl from underneath the plastic sheeting, keeping his hands in full view. He complied. The crew wanted to get closer, but I told them to back off until I was able to safely take the man into custody. The man was fully cooperative (yes, at gunpoint!), but I waited until another officer arrived before approaching the man. A Sergeant arrived, guarded as I made the approach, and I took the man into custody. Under the old washing machine was a 9mm pistol! Later on, that man was identified as one of the bank robbery suspects!

    The "Cops" guys told me that I should have "drop-kicked" the suspect, or at least used SOME SORT of physical force during the arrest....instead of making it look so "easy"! Yeah, RIGHT!

    I'm not a big fan of the "Cops" show, probably because I've "been there, done that" during my 31 years in law enforcement. It IS a good show, however, for it is a realistic view of what the police have to put up with.

    The crew members told me that, for every 100 hours of filming, only about 30 minutes of it were "worthwhile". Most of the film ended up on the cutting-room floor.

    I've always been a proponent for having citizen "ride-alongs" with their local police officers. Most citizens wouldn't WANT that job, for it entails a LOT more than just chasing after bad guys all day and all night! There are long times of "lull", then suddenly a high-priority radio call.
    The adrenal system definitely gets a good work-out during a "routine" shift! The majority of police officers are GOOD, HONEST and HARD WORKING individuals. There ARE a few "rotten apples", but that's because of having to recruit from the human species!

    A bit of humor: Several years back, my partner and I went into a restaurant for dinner. The waitress brought us our food, and as we were trying to gulp it down (we were limited to 45 minutes), a little old lady walked over to our table. I mean, she looked like YOUR grandma! I said hello, then asked her if there was any problem. She smiled, then said, "Oh, no problem! I just didn't think that they allowed you to....eat!" Politely, I told her that, yes, MOST humans were allowed to eat. She then exclaimed, "But....you're the POLICE!" I reassured her that we weren't the ONLY police in that area that were on-duty. Maybe she thought that we were robots? HMM! (I wonder if it would have surprised her if I had told her that we were also allowed to visit the restroom, when necessary?)
     
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    Like somenoe else said, I watch the show, but I don't normally seek it out. Watching other people's rampant stupidity, and wondering why it's so easy to screw one's life up so badly can be both entertaining and depressing.

    There was one show that stands out above all others, though, that ripped my heart out. A female cop in Florida responds to a domestic call...boyfriend beating on girlfriend, same old story. Girlfriend had a 7 year old daughter. She was dressed in a very nice white dress, white socks and black leather shoes, and she was just scared to death. She clung to the female cop and didn't want her to leave. The cop asked her if she wanted to take the boyfriend with her, and the little girl shook her head "yes". How long should I take him away, she asked? The little girl kept holding up fingers, and then adding to the total one by one. The cop ended up telling the little girl she'd come back later and check on her, and the kid wanted so bad to go with the cop...she just wanted to get away, where it was safe.

    I wanted to go down there and scoop that little girl up myself and get her out of that crap. I hate that.:mad:
     
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    I really like watching the show, and it really amazes me how stupid most criminals are. In addition to this, the show, and others like it, have really gotten me to hate the people who try to run from the police. I think if a person runs, they deserve anything they get, including getting their a$$es kicked. I think this strong dislike for fleeing criminals prompted me to do this.... http://thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=168160 this past Sunday.
     
  17. Mr_Moore

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    bolas

    Since they can not just shoot a fleeing felon, how about bolas. Those are those ropes with 3 balls on them. They are used to tangle in the legs of a running animal or person. I understand they really work! Or maybe a lasso.

    Gotta be some better way then just running after them...
     
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    I think the best one I like is when a police officer pulled over a drunk driver and while talking to him the officer asked him if he smokes dope. The guy told the officer that he would never touch the stuff and all he does is drink beer.

    Then if you looked at the drunks guys ear, behind it was a neatly rolled up joint just waiting to be lit up. LOL...

    The officer pulled it out from behind his ear and the guy kept telling him that it wasn't his. :rolleyes:
     
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    I'm amazed that these idiots actually sign a release so that the whole world can see just how stupid and mentally deficient they are.
     
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    There's some stupidity on the cops part also like sending officers out to entrap 70 year old men for soliciting a hooker. Or catching some kid with a roach and acting like they won the drug war.
     
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    They probably get $20 to spend on their next crack rock in return for signing the release.
     
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    If your children watch "Cops" they will learn that if they have their hair cut properly (non-mullet), leave their shirts on, do not yell at the police, do not greet the police with a beer in their hands and pick up the trash in their lawns (what is it with extraenous metal in your front lawn?), that they will never go to jail.:D

    If I want to see a "Cops" episode all I have to do is walk across the street to court.:D My brother calls "Cops" "White People Behaving Badly".

    El Tejon's most surreal "Cops" moment: Swinging by to buy ammo and to see my good friend THR member Dan Flory who was working in a bank at a Wal-Mart. Saw a woman, with a house arrest bracelet, smoking a cigarette with one hand, her other arm was amputated (shoulder), on the remainder of the arm there was a tatoo of Marvin the Martian.
     
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    I've been an on and off fan of Cops for years. Yes it does get somewhat repetitive, but then thats the reality of most jobs. A few of my favorite moments from the program:

    An early run episode, the officer is talking about how the local latino gangbangers are always complaining about how the cops are arresting them for being hispanic. The officer says...
    :rolleyes:

    Police are responding a call of some sort, and the people are all hysterical for some reason or another. A few of the officers in scene are "take charge" types, but one stands out as different. He's an older fellow, and amists all the screaming and hair pulling, he remains calm, polite and even mannered. Like Sheriff Andy Taylor.

    Denver episode, officers are responding to a call with lights and siren in a residential area around City Park. Car goes through an intersection when SCCRREEECH! SMAASH! CRUNCH! Next shot we see two Denver PD cars, both rather banged up, the one the camera crew was in sitting on some chaps front lawn.

    Scene opens with officer talking about how he eats six small meals a day, and we can see his turkey sandwich on whole wheat sitting on the dash. He gets a call/ or see someone on a dirt bike that is wanted. Cop gives chaise, and ends up getting the car stuck on the railroad tracks. And there is a train approching! OH NO! :what: The car ends up getting pulled off the tracks, but the poor guy is really freaking out of a while, even running down the tracks a ways to try and stop approching trains. This one has been circulating on the 'Net for a few years.
     
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    I used to watch COPS when it first came out. Now, rarely.

    As a reality show it's better than most but I suspect it is highly edited.

    It does, however, give one an appreciation for what kind of people LEO's most often have to deal with and an understanding of why they sometimes display an us vs them attitude on occasion.

    The show pretty much reinforces my personal belief that one should minimize their dealings with the police at all costs. When one must deal with them officer, sir and/or maam should be liberally sprinkled into any conversation that occurs for two reasons:

    1) Most cops deserve the respect those words imply and

    2) those that don't deserve our respect may have their I'm in total control here and don't you forget it attitudes tempered a bit.

    Cops is an OK show but not one I go out of my way to watch...
     
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    I liked the early seasons a lot, and used to watch it every Sat. night. There was a lot more action then. Due to legal liabilities (I think), COPS epidodes drifted to the mundane over the years. Disorderly drunks wearing wifebeaters, and losers pulled over with expired plates (and in posession of crackpipes) just isn't all that exciting. But I still watch it once in awhile.
    It's nice to watch the dregs of society from afar. I don't envy the job.
     
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