Follows real-life law enforcement officers from various regions and departments of the US armed with nothing but with cameras to capture their actions.
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Follows real-life law enforcement officers from various regions and departments of the US armed with nothing but with cameras to capture their actions. Written by Bryan Hoch <>

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11 March 1989 (USA)  »

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Cops Reloaded  »

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The city of Honolulu and Chicago refused filming with their police officers despite multiple events from the producers. See more »


Announcer: COPS is about real people and real crime. It was filmed entirely on location with the men and women who work in law enforcement.
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The War on Drugs is A Sham: 4/10
1 August 2013 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

Yes, in my estimate, the majority of people arrested on this program deserve to be arrested: Drunk drivers, robbers/ thieves, domestic abusers, wreck less drivers, child abusers.... But what bothers me is that way too many non violent suspects are arrested for minor possessions of marijuana, cocaine, crack.... These people don't need to be locked up with violent offenders. The problem is that many of the officers on this program display behavior that's reprehensible, ignorant, and nasty. These bastard cops are ruining poor people's lives even more than they are already ruined; and many times over non-violent offenses. I shouldn't even watch this program, because I mostly just get upset at the ridiculousness and nastiness displayed by these so called great citizen cops. The problem IS, these cops are making decent people into criminals. The problem IS the War on Drugs is a terrible sham that's morphed into one of the biggest money making businesses in the country. Do you know how many GOP law enforcement flakes would be out of work if marijuana would be legalized? Tens of thousands. Do you think they want that? Clearly most creeps in law enforcement are more concerned with their fat cat pensions than truly helping people and society.

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