The Fox TV show Cops filmed Cincinnati police for two days before Chief Tom Streicher canceled the deal that was due to include eight weeks of filming. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that some City Council members objected to the filming, saying they feared it would portray the city poorly. “I think it’s the loss of a golden opportunity to showcase the police department,” Streicher said. “But why be in the midst of another controversy?” “Cops” officials were furious, saying they had never had an invitation rescinded before, he said. Suburban Cincinnati jurisdictions asked the “Cops” crew to film their officers, which the program planned to do.
Councilman Christopher Smitherman said no one needed to see Cincinnati officers “hog-tying” African-Americans. Keith Fangman of the Fraternal Order of Police said Smitherman should apologize because Cincinnati officers don’t hogtie suspects. Fangman said Smitherman, Vice Mayor Alicia Reece and Councilman Pat DeWine objected because they knew the program would show police in a positive light – and therefore wouldn’t fit with their anti-police agendas. With 31 homicides this year, the city could match the 26-year record high set in 2003, when 75 people were killed.