Crime TV Series Distort Your Understanding of Law Enforcement, Survey Says

Crime TV Series Distort Your Understanding of Law Enforcement, Survey Says
As America contends with riots across the country sparked by the death of George Floyd, another unarmed black man who died at the hands of the police, a report released earlier this year suggests that TV’s most popular genre — the police procedural — may lull the public into believing that racial injustice is acceptable.

In January, nonprofit civil rights advocacy organization Color of Change released “Normalizing Injustice: The Dangerous Misrepresentations that Define Television’s Scripted Crime Genre.” It reported that crime shows, which often enlist police departments and retired officers as consultants, overwhelmingly presents a complimentary depiction of police officers as complex, nuanced, and valorized characters. The result is a dishonest cycle that miseducates the public about the criminal justice system by advancing distorted representations of crime, race, and gender.

“Black people suffer greatly from the messages put out by the Crime TV genre and it’s far time for
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