The decision was made last week by A&E to pull its hit police reality show “Live PD” off the air amid the ongoing protests against police brutality going on nationwide. No announcement has been made about the future of the show, but on Tuesday its host — Dan Abrams — tweeted that “Live PD” will be back and it has not been cancelled.
“To all of you asking whether #LivePD coming back. . .The answer is yes. All of us associated with the show are as committed to it as ever. We are still discussing some specifics but I want to assure the #LivePDNation that we are not abandoning you,” he tweeted.
Speculation about the future of the show has run wild after a similar program — “Cops” — was cancelled by Paramount Network this week.
To all of you asking whether #LivePD coming back. . .The answer is yes. All of us associated with the show are as committed to it as ever. We are still discussing some specifics but I want to assure the #LivePDNation that we are not abandoning you.
— Dan Abrams (@danabrams) June 10, 2020
A&E released a statement on Friday explaining its decision to pull the show for now.
“Out of respect for the families of George Floyd and others who have lost their lives, in consultation with the departments we follow, and in consideration for the safety of all involved, we have made the decision not to broadcast ‘Live PD’ this weekend.”
“Live PD” has also been i the news this week after it was revealed that the show was on the scene of the Javier Ambler killing at the hands of Texas police last year.
The show says it no longer has the video of that incident. Police body camera footage of it was made public this week on the heels of George Floyd being killed by police in Minneapolis on May 25th.
The Floyd and Ambler cases are similar. Both were being stopped by police for being suspected of minor criminal infractions and both died after saying, “I can’t breathe.”
It’s unclear what “Live PD” destroyed the footage that showed what happened at the scene of Ambler’s death.
He was pulled over after he did not dim his high beams for oncoming traffics. After being tased four times, he died from heart failure.
While no police have been charged in the Ambler case, former officer Derek Chauvin has been charged with second degree murder and manslaughter for killing Floyd. He kneeled on the back of his neck for nearly nine minutes. Three other officers who were on the scene have also been charged.
Floyd was laid to rest during a funeral service in Houston, Texas on Tuesday afternoon. He was buried next to his mother.