Television shows and movies about the police have been a huge part of my popular culture consumption since I can remember; Dexter, Brooklyn 99, CSI, and 21 Jump Street are just a few of the many. No one enjoys settling in with Froot Loops, some knitting and a Netflix more than me. That said, it’s important to examine what we’re consuming. I believe cop shows provide a strong example of how entertainment can be used to affect public opinion about policy issues.
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This piece and its updates were first published at The Intercept, and is reprinted here with permission.
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"We're still investigating the active operation. We're clearing Parliament Hill, and asking the public to call 911 to assist in the investigation," said Ottawa Police Chief Charles Bordeleau.
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