Monday, May 10, 2021
Susan A. Bandes (DePaul University - College of Law) has posted From Dragnet to Brooklyn 99: How Cop Shows Excuse, Exalt and Erase Police Brutality (Routledge Handbook of Police Brutality in America (Thomas Aiello ed.) Forthcoming 2022) on SSRN. Here is the abstract:
Cop shows originated as a literal “copoganda” effort: explicit partnerships with law enforcement agencies to transform the image of bumbling Keystone Cops into straight arrow Sergeant Joe Friday and lovable Andy Griffith. Though the explicit partnerships have faded away, the template they established has flourished, in part by adapting to changed times without challenging certain basic cop show verities — principally, the centrality of the police point of view. Police use of force, even when mistaken, is framed as essential, understandable, or forgivable: an act taken in the righteous pursuit of justice. These depictions matter. Portrayals of policing on tv — including fictional portrayals — exert enormous influence on public perceptions of how policing works and help shape both law and public policy.