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A Show That Watches the Police

TV journalist Dan Abrams on the controversial A&E docuseries Live PD, which follows police officers in real time.

Dan Abrams, host of Live PD.

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Dan Abrams is the host of Live PD, a new A&E show that follows police officers, in real time, as they interact with people in cities like Tulsa, Oklahoma and Bridgeport, Connecticut. Abrams says the show is different from Cops—it captures all of the moments in a police officer’s watch, not just the most sensational. But it has also come under fire for questions about privacy and the complicated issues of embedding with a police force.

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