Civil Liberties

More Reality Cop Show Shenanigans


More problems for Police Women of Broward County, the awful TLC reality show I previously wrote about here.

The filming of a new season of Police Women of Broward County has victims, suspects and the sheriff saying the reality series has gone too far trying to create must-see TV — including offering suspects money if they're reluctant to allow their faces to be used on the program.

Crime victims have come forward recently, upset about their treatment by deputies connected to the show while a number of suspects have complained about what they say is pressure put on them to sign release forms…

The Broward County Public Defender's Office is aware of at least three clients who have been offered or received money to sign release forms since filming for the new season began in January, Chief Assistant Public Defender Gordon Weekes Jr. said. One was paid $500 and another offered that same amount, Weekes said.

"They need to take any action necessary to prevent future arrestees from being further exploited," Weekes said of Lamberti's office. "They need to take some responsibility for the lack of supervision of these folks."…

Some victims have also criticized the show, saying they have felt pressured by deputies and the show's producers to allow the cameras to intrude on their lives.

One woman who reported a date rape to BSO in January said she was disturbed when Sheriff's Office sex crimes Detective Julie Bower came with an all-male television crew and pushed for her to tell her story on camera. Bower is one of the original stars of the show…

"I started getting upset, crying," said the Pompano Beach woman, 51, who has since moved to the Orlando area out of fear of running into the man she said drugged and raped her. "I'm reporting a date rape. I'm trying to get someone to listen to me and she's trying to put me on TV."…

[Broward County Sheriff Al] Lamberti said the show does have benefits.

"I wanted to show law enforcement in a human way," Lamberti said. "It does illustrate that women can have a career in law enforcement."

Here's a screen cap of the show humanizing Det. Andrea Penoyer.