GEORGETOWN, Texas (AP) — A tv manufacturing firm behind a legislation enforcement actuality TV present is not welcome to movie in a Texas county after prosecutors and attorneys complained a few lack of entry to potential proof gathered by movie crews.
Williamson County commissioners on Tuesday voted unanimously to discontinue its contract with Large Fish Leisure, which produces “Reside PD.” The present should cease filming on county property in 30 days.
The county’s sheriff’s division made its debut on the A&E Community present in November.
Williamson County District Lawyer Shawn Dick and a few protection attorneys had criticized the contract that gave Large Fish Leisure the rights to all of the video and allowed the corporate to destroy footage — potential proof — inside 30 days.
“I had at all times assumed that the footage was accessible if somebody wished to get it,” Dick mentioned. “I didn’t notice that apparently the footage is being destroyed.”
An legal professional representing the sheriff’s workplace mentioned the “Reside PD” crews haven’t any authorized obligation to protect the video.
Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody mentioned Wednesday that he was dissatisfied with the commissioners’ vote, and that the county has benefited from the present by means of recruitment, group engagement and transparency.
Large Fish expressed disappointment that the present “grew to become embroiled in Williamson County politics.”
“We thank the Williamson County Sheriff’s Workplace and the group for his or her participation and need everybody of Williamson County one of the best, as we shift our consideration to the various different companies across the nation asking to work with ‘Reside PD,’” the assertion mentioned.
However others have mentioned the present portrays the county in a detrimental mild.
Neitha Engert, a resident, mentioned she was completely satisfied the commissioners didn’t renew the contract.
“We’re ruining folks’s lives by seeing them on their weakest day, and that doesn’t must be broadcast,” Engert mentioned.
This sentiment has been underscored elsewhere. Police departments in Connecticut, Oklahoma and Ohio additionally determined to resume their contracts with the present. Some native authorities leaders concluded the nationwide highlight on legal exercise overshadowed the optimistic issues occurring of their hometowns.
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