(Fresno, CA - 10:02 PM Street Patrol) SW Policing District - CST Officer Paul Cervantes & Officer David Miramontes are the district suppression team to respond to unhappy calls as a primary strikes force. Their primary target is to focus on drug dealers and junkies out of line. They drive up on two men fighting in a parking lot on Palm & Olive. One is on top of the other and slaps him. They pull over, jump out and cuff them. Charlie is on parole and says he was walking, the guy cursed at him, got unhappy, pushed him on the ground and he only had one beer. The other guy says Charlie started it. He punched him, pushed him, he had 2 beers and lives nearby. Charlie doesn't remember what address will be on his parole record because he has amnesia and doesn't remember what he said. Charlie was asking for money, but is not sure if it was a robbery. Officer Maria Flores backs them up. The other guy says he gave him some change, it wasn't enough and he tried to push him. They cut him loose and arrest Charlie. Charlie wants them to remove the cuffs so he can go beat him. Las Vegas, NV (12:19 AM Possible Disturbance) SE Area Command - Officer Shaun Woodard has been in town since 1986. He moved from Boston, likes the weather and claims lots of people come here for the weather and gambling. He sees a 417, a man choking a woman and goes back. His partner is Officer Bill Van Cleef. Tanya says they were playing, are lesbians, her girlfriend Dawn wanted to walk home, but she wanted to drive them home. They weren't fighting, just arguing, but she did a lot for Dawn and took her in. Dawn says they were in a bar and another woman was looking at her and Tanya got jealous. In the truck Tanya put her in a choke hold. It is a mandatory arrest for domestic violence battery. She wants her car keys since last time she didn't get them. Dawn comes over and cries, Tanya says it's OK, she wouldn't hurt her. Dawn says she choked her before and almost killed her. Fresno, CA (9:32 PM Officer Assistance Call) SE Policing District - Officer Brent Willey says he feels like he's living the American dream. He's a 4th generation cop and his dad says if you get something for nothing you don't earn it. When you earn it, you love it and that makes it beautiful. He responds to a call for backup at an assault with a deadly weapon. It is raining and there is a man with a bloody face. He says two men jumped him and beat him. Detective Jacky Parks is there. They catch one of the suspects and the man ID's him. Sgt. Eddie Barrios says a call came about the first guy who was hiding in the dumpster. The guy says he wasn't hiding in the dumpster, nothing is going on, he's homeless, didn't do nothing, they don't have him on camera, he was just chilling in the dumpster and doesn't know what he did. He has one felony strike and just got out of jail today. In the 7-11 they watch the security tape and talk to the employee who saw it. Two guys start beating the man and they pull the victim inside and they both come in and attack him. Two employees fight back and then a third man comes and fights. They left blood on the ice cream cabinet, it's an open and shut case.
Called the original reality show, Cops is a gritty and unfiltered look at the seamier parts of our society as seen through the eyes of the men and women who struggle to keep the peace.
Since 1989, camera crews have traveled across the nation and into other countries providing an intimate look at police officers and the nuts and bolts of their day-to-day work.
Cops uses a modern adaptation of cin... ma v... rit?, a French documentary style of film making from the early 1920s, where life is shot as it happens, without script, narration or interference. Here, the police officer is narrator, guiding you through the shift and what happens within it, using his or her own words.