Reality TV – coppers kill “COPS” crew member

Omaha police say officers who opened fire while disrupting a robbery killed a crew member with the Cops television show and the suspect, who was carrying a pellet gun.

Police Chief Todd Schmaderer said Wednesday that witnesses and officers thought the robbery suspect’s Airsoft handgun was real, but that it fires only plastic pellets.

Schmaderer said he believes the three officers involved acted properly during the attempted robbery Tuesday at a fast-food restaurant in midtown Omaha.

Schmaderer says 38-year-old Bryce Dion who worked for Langley Productions and the suspect, 32-year-old Cortez Washington, were killed…

Schmaderer said the incident will be investigated and all three officers are on leave.

Using a realistic pellet gun wouldn’t be any defense for the robbery – or the police response to what looked like an armed and dangerous robbery in progress.

What will be truly important to deal with is that now investigators know the thief was using a pellet gun – the bullet that killed a member of the film crew could only have come from one of the patrolmen.

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6 comments

  1. McLuhan

    “We are deeply saddened and shocked by this tragedy and our main concern is helping his family in any way we can, Bryce Dion was a long term member of the “COPS” team and very talented and dedicated person. We mourn his passing. An investigation is ongoing and we are cooperating with local authorities.” Statement by Langley Productions, which produces the show, to KETV News. See also links @ http://www.ketv.com/news/cops-tv-show-crew-member-dies-after-shooting/27747006#!bLD25L
    “In 2010, a TV crew for the A&E reality show “The First 48″ recorded a Detroit police raid in which a 7-year-old girl was accidentally killed by an officer. That incident highlighted concerns about whether TV cameras influence police behavior, perhaps encouraging showboating.”
    During wednesday’s press conference Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer bristled at a reporter’s question about whether his officers overreacted knowing that cameras were recording them, calling the suggestion “absolutely ridiculous.” He said the video of Tuesday’s shooting shows the officers reacted properly. http://www.wcvb.com/news/cops-crew-member-killed-in-omaha-police-shooting/27758550#!bLDX45

    “Look out Haskell, it’s real!”

  2. Beemo

    In other ‘reality’ TV news: The Discovery Channel has decided to pull the plug on “Sons of Guns” following the arrest of the show’s star, Will Hatden, a 44-year-old gunsmith and shop owner who has been charged for raping his 12-year-old daughter. The show is based on Red Jacket Firearms, a custom weapons company Hayden founded and ran in Louisiana. The show ended its fifth season in May. http://kdvr.com/2014/08/27/sons-of-guns-cancelled-after-star-arrested-on-child-molestation-charge/

  3. StayTuned

    (10/22/14) Six members of a “recently discovered family that was born and raised wild” who star in the Discovery Channel reality television series “Alaskan Bush People” face multiple felony charges http://www.adn.com/article/20141022/stars-alaska-reality-tv-show-charged-pfd-fraud Meanwhile, “Animal Planet’s hit reality TV show “Call of the Wildman” came under intense scrutiny earlier this year as the subject of a seven-month Mother Jones investigation into behind-the-scenes animal mistreatment. Now, it’s no longer such a hit.” http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2014/10/animal-planet-scandal-animal-mistreatment-ratings-dive “Prime time audiences for this year’s season tumbled by nearly a third compared to 2013 – translating to an average loss of more than 400,000 viewers per first-run episode, according to figures supplied to Mother Jones by Nielsen, the media ratings company.” See also http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Call_of_the_Wildman#Legal_issues and http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/RealityTV Animal Planet is one of Discovery Communications, Inc’s 53 network entertainment brands http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Discovery_Communications

  4. Bonita the Bearded Lady

    “You know a genre’s in trouble when hot naked singles rubbing body paint on one another { VH1’s “Dating Naked”} can’t draw a crowd.” http://insidetv.ew.com/2014/10/31/reality-tv/ “The diminishing returns of cable TV’s sea of reality sameness – ratings for 14 of the top 20 major cable channels declined in 2014 – is one of the reasons networks that have devoted decades to producing unscripted shows are suddenly making dramas too. Bravo, E!, WGN, Pivot, WEtv, and even Animal Planet have all either recently launched, or are readying to launch, their first scripted shows.”

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