(Pierce County WA - 10:28 PM Pursuit in Progress) Lakewood - Officer Monti Minion and partner Officer Dave Butts pull over and wait for the pursuit of a mini van to pass them. Stop sticks are put out on the freeway, so he exits, turns around, gets a flat and bails out on Union & Mills. A K-9 is called to find the white guy in a white shirt. They go through bushes, a field and yard. K-9 catches him in a bush, he screams, is pulled out, cuffed and mirandized. He wants to talk to an attorney, wants his shoe, is mad the dog bit him, screams he's innocent and denies stealing the van. He only ran because the dog was chasing him. They explain that the dog tracked his scent from the van to here. He thinks that's amazing and has been arrested before for stealing a car. He says the van belongs to his parents, but his dad's on coke and his mom's on heroin so they can't contact them. Las Vegas, NV - Downtown Area Command (4:38 PM Stolen Vehicle Call) Officer Ray Spencer was in Reno and when they had a great call they'd talk about it for 3 days. In Vegas they get calls like that every day. He spots a car with a loose license plate that comes back stolen. The guy pulls over and gets out without incident. Officer Todd Humphrey cuffs and questions him. The ignition is punched out and on the floor with a rag covering the steering wheel. He hasn't been arrested in 7 years, the car is his buddy Steve's and he was just borrowing it to go to the store. He only had the car 30 minutes after picking it up at a 7-11 in the back. His friend traded crack for the car, it's a rock rental, he didn't steal it. At the police station in interview room 3 he says he went to the Peppertree where guys hang out and asked to use the car. The guy told him it was stolen and he used a nail file to start it. He bought chicken and the cop gives it to him and he eats it fast. They have enough evidence to bust him. Pierce County WA - South Hill Precinct (2:13 AM Stolen Vehicle) Officer Theron Hardesty works graveyard from 9pm to 7am. It starts fast, gets slow then allows you to be proactive which is what they are meant to do. He spots a red Porsche on the hot sheet and pulls him over. An ancient long gray bearded biker comes out. He refuses to lie on the dirt and wants to know what's going on. He gets on all fours and another cop is brought in to jump on and cuff him. They put him in the back and ask where he got the car. He got it from J.P. who is selling it to him on payments. He put $1000 down yesterday, but has no receipt. Theron says the Porsche is worth more than $30,000 as it's almost new. He has no title and it was stolen last night. The owner is brought to the scene to ID the guy, but doesn't know him and will gladly testify against him in court. (Fox mistakenly calls this Grand Theft Auto)
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.