Why I No Longer Watch Police Procedurals

Onscreen depictions of the police represent an insidious form of propaganda.

Rod T. Faulkner
Oct 9, 2020 · 5 min read
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In the real world, “To protect and serve” carries with it the unspoken addendum: “whites only.”

A few years ago during a sunny, summer day in Arkansas, I was driving my mother to an appointment. As we were chatting about some innocuous topic, we saw flashing blue lights behind us.

The lie

With Breonna Taylor being murdered by the police with her murderers escaping any accountability — the only officer indicted was charged for potentially endangering Ms. Taylor’s neighbors and not for murdering her— this country’s bloody and racist legacy of terrorizing its Black citizens via law enforcement rages on.

Police onscreen are allowed to bend or break laws and behave recklessly in pursuit of “justice”

In the alternate reality created by cop narratives, the police constantly skirt laws and regulations governing their conduct — or flagrantly break them outright. But such rogue behavior is framed as acceptable because, hey, they are solving crimes and bringing the bad guys to justice.

A Challenge

Unless Hollywood begins producing cop narratives exploring the harsh realities of the (over) policing of poor, Black and brown communities in this country, I will no longer watch them. I will no longer support the spreading of lies which only serve to obfuscate the harm and exploitation policing in this country inflicts on its poor, Black and Brown citizens.

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Rod T. Faulkner

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Proud Blerd. I write about sci-fi, fantasy, and other areas of interest. Founder of https://The7thMatrix.com & EYE ON SCI-FI podcast. Chocolate lover.

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Rod T. Faulkner

Written by

Proud Blerd. I write about sci-fi, fantasy, and other areas of interest. Founder of https://The7thMatrix.com & EYE ON SCI-FI podcast. Chocolate lover.

An Idea (by Ingenious Piece)

No Matter What People Tell You, Words And Ideas Can Change The World.

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