Memphis police bowed out of “The First 48” cable-TV crime show after several council members complained it put the city in a bad light. Now, says the Memphis Commercial Appeal, Shelby County, Tn., Sheriff Mark Luttrell is shining the cable TV spotlight on his department’s street crimes and narcotics units. Deputies will appear in Spike TV’s “Real Vice Cops Uncut,” which will premiere Aug. 6 at 10 p.m. Producers from Associated Television International filmed six half-hour episodes for the documentary-style show during ride-alongs in Memphis and Orlando.
Steve Shular, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office, said, “Crime publicizes itself. The worst thing we can do is not report that we are aggressively pursuing those who are responsible.” John Griffin of Spike TV described the show’s format as “plunging viewers into the action right along with the squads.” The show allows viewers to see everything from the planning to the execution and, ultimately, the arrest of suspects. Once viewers see this show, Booker promised, “You’ll look at law enforcement in a different light.”