'Live PD' Host Dan Abrams Calls A&E's Cancellation An "Overreaction"
On Thursday, Dan Abrams spoke out against A&E's cancellation of the police docuseries Live PD. Get the host's comments on what he sees as an unjust "overreaction" here...
Dan Abrams took to the airwaves on Thursday to denounce A&E's cancellation of Live PD.
On his SiriusXM radio show, the host of the popular police docuseries addressed its demise in the aftermath of George Floyd's death and the Black Lives Matter protests against police violence and systemic racism.
"I think that it's very troubling that we're suddenly in a culture where all police officers have to suffer for the sins of a few. And I say that for every group, it's not just police officers," Abrams said on Thursday, according to People.
"That doesn't mean we don't have to have a discussion about the inequities in our society. And not just a discussion – action. There should be changes," Abrams clarified.
"There's a real positive change in many ways going on in this country, but there's also an overreaction going on. And I think that that's what Live PD suffered from."
Live PD cancelled: Host Dan Abrams speaks out
Abrams had initially expressed his disappointment after news of the cancellation broke on Wednesday. In a tweet, he revealed that he'd fought for the show and didn't imagine it would end by way of a swift cancellation.
Shocked & beyond disappointed about this. To the loyal #LivePDNation please know I, we, did everything we could to fight for you, and for our continuing effort at transparency in policing. I was convinced the show would go on. . More to come. . .https://t.co/WWh7fDrig2— Dan Abrams (@danabrams) June 11, 2020
Building on this type of sentiment, Abrams added: "I thought we were going to have a discussion about how to make the show better.
"And we were going to figure out how to deal with some of the positive change that people are implementing and figure out how to incorporate that into the show. But lo and behold, the show got canceled."
A&E cancels Live PD
The Wednesday cancellation came after A&E had first pulled the show amid the Black Lives Matter protests. Live PD had then attracted additional controversy following a report on the show's filming of the death of a black man in police custody in 2019.
This week, A&E released statements on both the cancellation and the video of 40-year-old Javier Ambler's death, which was subsequently destroyed by the producers. People reported that, on his radio show, Abrams reiterated the contents of the statement on the video.
"The show has a policy of not retaining video for more than roughly 30 days," he said. "The reason for that is that we didn't want to become a video repository for either side. We didn't want to become an arm of law enforcement. We didn't want to become an arm of defense attorneys."
Live PD was in the middle of airing its fourth season on A&E prior to the cancellation.