TULSA, Okla. — Quick Facts:
- 'Live PD,' which airs on A&E, follows police
- The show often features Tulsa patrols
- When the contract went up for renewal, the city declined
- We The People Oklahoma released a statement praising the move
A show some say paints an unfair portrait of Tulsa no longer holds a contract with the city.
FOX23 confirmed with Tulsa Police on Monday morning that the A&E series “Live PD” will no longer film Tulsa patrols.
Mayor GT Bynum commented on his official Facebook page, saying the contract ended and the city opted not to renew.
The Tulsa Police Department says they "still have a good working relationship with First 48 and other A&E programs."
They said their relationship with "Live PD" remains good, but they decided continuing the contract was not in their best interest.
Though TPD's decision came from chief Chuck Jordan, it garnered backlash on the mayor's page.
"The show is educational and rarely really ever ends up in arrests unless it's a raid/shooting etc," wrote one supporter of the show. "If you obey the law you have nothing to worry about being on the show."
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"Please Reconsider and put us back on the show. "It's so upsetting that all it takes is a few people to get upset to ruin it for everyone," the commenter wrote.
Critics of the show’s presence in Tulsa say the show often targets north Tulsa “even though that section of town does not have the highest crime rate”, according to a We The People Oklahoma press release.
“This is not what we need for our citizens especially when we are trying to build a better relationship between law enforcement and the community,” the release said.
We The People Oklahoma demanded any future contracts with shows of such a nature be made public.
Let’s not focus on a television show but on the relationship between law enforcement and the community,” the release continued to say before praising the decision to terminate the contract.
“We applaud Mayor Bynum for taking this stand and rejecting the exploitation of members of our community.”
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