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No more reality TV for Detroit police

May 25, 2010 at 5:20 PM   |   Comments

DETROIT, May 25 (UPI) -- Detroit Mayor Dave Bing has canceled a reality show deal made by the city's police chief and banned reality TV camera crews from police raids.

The issue became public when a crew from a TV crime show, "The First 48," accompanied police on a raid that led to a 7-year-old girl being shot and killed, The Detroit News reported. Karen Dumas, a spokeswoman for the mayor, said the presence of cameras for reality TV "gives the wrong appearance" because the public might think officers are behaving more aggressively. She said crews from local news outlets would still be allowed to accompany police.

Police Chief Warren Evans, brought in by Bing to crack down on violent crime in the city, signed a renewal of the city's contract with "The First 48" before the raid. The original contract dates back six years.

Evans also posed with a semiautomatic rifle for a trailer for a proposed reality show, "The Chief."

Bing, in an editorial board session with the News, defended Evans as "part of the solution" to violent crime. But he said Deputy Mayor Saul Green has been assigned to work with Evans and is "reining him in."

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