City Creates Law To Ban 'Live PD' From Filming

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The popular reality police show, "Live PD," won't be operating in Spokane after this.

Spokane, WA - The Spokane city council passed an ordinance last week which effectively bans police reality TV shows like A&E's "Live PD" from filming in their city.

The city council expressed concern that these shows make the city look bad, and claimed that they violate people's privacy, according to KREM.

The new ordinance narrowly targets for-profit police shows like Live PD, and hits them with requirements which would make production near-impossible.

First producers must obtain a permit from the city in order to operate. It's not clear if the city would even grant such a permit.

Then all people captured on camera must sign a video release form, even if they are recorded in a public area. This would be impossible in a live police show like Live PD.

All footage is required to be reviewed by city employees, who are granted full power to revise or delete any content which shows a city police officer. This would also be impossible for Live PD.

City police officers are also prohibited from cooperating with these shows without express written permission from the police chief or city administrator.

This will not affect the Spokane County Sheriff's Office, which is the agency in the area that works with Live PD.

Penalties for violating the constitutionally questionable ordinance involve a $250 fine.

Several other law enforcement agencies announced in January that they are ending their agreements with Live PD.

Local government leaders, not in law enforcement, have determined that the TV show made their communities look bad, according to KXLY.

Bridgeport, Connecticut; Tulsa, Oklahoma; and Streetsboro, Ohio have all decided to shield the public from seeing their citizens interacting with law enforcement.

Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim whined about Live PD recording in a year when Bridgeport's homicide rate has doubled, according to FOX News. "If that's the only thing that's being publicized nationally about our city, it can have a negative impact," he said. "We don't have the Travel Channel doing anything on how wonderful all our economic development projects are."

Streetsboro City Council president John Ruediger wasn't happy with the show either, and suggested that canceling participation was done to protect children.

"I personally thought it portrayed our city in a negative light," Ruediger said, according to FOX News. "I think every city has its share of problems, and I don't think it's always best to highlight those issues. I was personally concerned that any kid featured on the show could end up bullied ... especially if their parent is on the show doing something bad."

However, Jeffersonville, Indiana Assistant Chief Michael McVoy thinks that the show is great.

"For us, it's humanizing the badge, No. 1," he said, according to FOX News. "For every 1,000 positive comments or likes or social media hits or fuzzy, warm feelings we get from across the country, there are always five or 10 that say, 'Hey. Why are you arresting this guy for marijuana possession?' Stuff like that. Some people don't see eye to eye with what we do."

The Spokane County Sheriff's Office said that they would be withdrawing temporarily from the show so that they can focus on recruitment, but they intend to start back up later. It's not clear what complications may arise if any of the deputies with Live PD cameramen enter the Spokane city limits.

UPDATE: The sheriff's office told Blue Lives Matter that the ordinance would not affect them, only the Spokane Police Department which does not currently work with Live PD.

Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich voiced opposition to the city's ordinance.

“This is tantamount to almost censorship,” Sheriff Knezovich told KXLY.

The sheriff added that the show is positive for law enforcement, “This is really dispelling a lot of myths about how we treat people, the way we conduct business. It is showing that we do have great compassion for people that we deal with.”

Comments (32)
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karen007
karen007

I hope Spokane vote for a new City council.

dennodogg
dennodogg

Maybe it was that " Cum inn" sign that "aroused" them.

lcart000
lcart000

Spokane makes Spokane look bad

Bob480hivolt
Bob480hivolt

Spokane is run by Socialists! They have no problem with violating the Constitution.

Cclaxton0
Cclaxton0

At least in public areas it seems unconstitutional. It is censorship. There is a new trend in Liberal circles to shut down free speech that they don't like. That is fascism.

Wlo487
Wlo487

Socialist cites are anti police because they want anarchy and civil unrest. They don't want people trusting law enforcement anywhere. They only want hate spread. Therefore they demand the show is shut down in their area so only their crap message is spewed out. Knowledge is power folks. Don't drink the koolaid.

CowGurlUP
CowGurlUP

Criminals have no privacy!!!

believer2003
believer2003

use body cam footage for the tv shows instead keep the shows on every were

JBo
JBo

It's not TV that makes Spokane or any city look bad...it's crime.

Officer Cynical
Officer Cynical

Spokane, you'll put the same restrictions on citizens filming cops while doing their job, right? Right? RIGHT???

bronx163
bronx163

First of all the lw is unconstituitional.
Supreme ct ruled citizens have the right to film police. This law wont sustain itself. It will be ruled as supression and violation of fredom of the press. Just tells you how radical states like washington,calf,ny, nj are so far left and goal is just to pound population into totalitarian rank and file.
Socialist totalitarians highjacked democrat party to get a foothold in the senate congress and to make laws to run our lives.
Fisa ct, read or mail, emails, text messages, monitor cell and lndline calls all in name of national security but have failed to stop any terror attack violating our rights.
Anyone who trades liberty for security deaerves neither.

investigator
investigator

Absolutely correct!

Johnk9deputy211
Johnk9deputy211

In my opinion city’s like this make themselves look bad, as if there trying to hide the crime that occurs within their cities. If your going to place a band on filming then that band should extend to citizens filming law enforcement doing their job.

johnnycab23513
johnnycab23513

Obviously the city has something to hide.

Rving
Rving

It makes your city look bad cause it is!

Jbkerner
Jbkerner

I watch the show, twice/week (Friday and Saturday). I've never seen anyone arrested for a small amount of weed. Kilos, yes, but personal use, nope! Mostly, people are arrested when they're being uncooperative, they run, they give a false name, etc. What the show showcases is how hard a job the police have, and the literal/figurative CRAP that they have to put up with!

As far as Bridgeport, CT goes, if your homicide rate has doubled, perhaps it's because of stupid, liberal policies you put in place! Better take a hard look at your city to see if it's become the cesspool everyone thinks it is!

BurgessKrell
BurgessKrell

Am I the only person that noticed the name of the establishment behind them?

10dash7
10dash7

It's cities with leadership who fear vicarious liability resulting from live video resulting in evidence which cannot be managed by their legal counsel. I'm surprised the FOP and officer representatives not to have provided their objections too.

Officers who appear on these programs are making comments that can be referred back to by legal counsels in other cases which are somewhat reckless because it is considered public domain. I cringe hearing some of the language used during questioning or when merely confronting subjects, which would (or will) be torn to pieces by a first-year law student representing a public drunk defendant.

I expect a lot from those in uniform because having the best expected made for me having a better career. When you begin having witnesses appearing around the world and video recordings sealed to additional unseen material that is recorded by the LIVE PD which could be subpoenaed by legal counsels, legal issues which are already expensive for organizations become even higher.

Regardless of these views, Live PD is one of my favorite shows to record. Currently, there are 20 in cue on my DVR. From a training perspective, the program may be reviewed any number of times, having purposed it in this regard, it is highly useful.

Poileas
Poileas

I disagree, the show creates more problems than it resolves. Body cameras and dash cameras are supposed to be for Officer safety, not a TV show earning money. Where is my cut of the millions that show is making?!

Plus, I don't want 3 cameras up my ass if I have to call dispatch and have the local jurisdiction come to my home 20. My first comment would be get the fug f2f of my property and if you air my redacted face I'm suing.

Mwarren
Mwarren

This show does fall under the first amendment, and these public officials cannot quash free speech just because they don't like it, or "think it makes their city look bad." Actually, the producers of the show should get with a good civil rights attorney and sue for violation of federal civil rights. These public officials can't use their position to interfere with free speech. The damages to the show and it's employees can easily be proven, so the City officials can be held both personally and professionally liable.

Georgia
Georgia

I smell a first amendment law suit coming.

Momo122
Momo122

What a true shame that people who travel feel safer after viewing these towns on TV and seeing a good police presence. Banning the shows (or making it so difficult) as to not film doesn’t make the tourism go up. It takes you off our list of places to visit. Love seeing officers do their jobs, support LEO, too political for me.

MattCal
MattCal

Dam right! Those people piss me off! How about a law saying a-holes who film hoping to catch a "police brutality" incident instead of helping police or victims will be charged with criminal negligence?

Photodaleen
Photodaleen
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Bite me you ass

LSUPDFAN
LSUPDFAN

You can't target a show filmed in the public, I can only imagine it will be overturned. Sporting Organizations film private citizens and put them on TV all the time, and they profit from it because it is entertaining TV. If you're in Public, you can be filmed and that film can be used, paparazzi have proven as much as courts have always sided with them.

Laschultz69
Laschultz69
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First off, my son is a police officer and HIS LIFE DOES MATTER!!! So my advise to you is next time you get robbed or attacked or are in need of help..CALL A CRACKHEAD!!!!!

OfficerBlue
OfficerBlue

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officerd13792
officerd13792

This is so pathetic. So my question is what is the state of Washington trying to hide?

tkeith5
tkeith5

But what is the Cum Inn?


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