(7:45 PM Gang Violence) North Precinct Roll Call - Officer Harry Jackson is with a group in the gym who is told if the press confronts them about the National Guard, don't say a word, refer them to the chief's office. They leave and Harry goes to a call of a fight where someone is bloody. John has a bloody face and is wearing a Van Halen 1980 ringer tour shirt. His wife says guys grabbed bats and sticks and beat him. His brother was there too, he said they told him, "don't f - k with the Crips" Their car is destroyed, all the windows are smashed and there is blood on the roof. A group of kids got in front of him and when they stopped they were attacked. The older brother has bad bruises on his back. The one that got it the worst rode up on his bike to help. The wife and her 10 year old were in the car. Harry drives to a known gang area and there are a bunch of guys in the street fighting. He asks what's going on, but they says nothing. A big black guy with a backwards hat wants to know why. Harry says he matches a description from the assault. He says he didn't do anything and wants to go see the guy. They bring the victims to ID him and the woman says that's him. He swears he didn't do it and wasn't there. (8:50 PM) At Emmanuel Hospital they go to the male victim who is on the table in a brace. He says bring him in and he'll ID him, he wants him to hang. He says he was running on Skidmore and a citizen stopped, pulled a gun and all the guys chasing him ran and saved his ass. They bring in a younger thinner black guy for him to ID. The victim says nothing until he leaves and says it was definitely him. Afterwards the suspect was charged with two counts of racial intimidation and assault in the 2nd degree. Multnomah County Sheriff's Dept - Sgt. John Bunnell says he has a search warrant for a pot growing operation, the kilowatt usage is really high for the residence, there is no one home and the warrant expires tomorrow. They are going to gently force their way in and not make a big production. (Narcotics Unit Task Force - Warrant Served) In the basement there are tarps up, behind them are a bunch of plants that are starters. In another room there are a bunch of huge plants. Deputy Kevin Peterson breaks the lock off the garage and finds a classic red Corvette inside. John find a locker with scales and a bunch of guns including a .44 Magnum with a laser site. Kevin says he's their kind of guy and he wants the gun and the Vette. They also find a generator and a converter box in the basement. Kevin says the back door was unlocked, so they just walked in. There is also a huge reflector light. They load up a wagon with the bag of plants and tow the Vette away. John makes a phone call to the answering machine at the house. He says, "This is John Bunnell, Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, we just stopped by to say hello, if you have any questions concerning our visit, please call me 255-3600, oh by the way we took your guns, we took your marijuana and your car just so you don't think a burglar did it, but the police have it, bye". (7:20 PM Accident Investigation) East Precinct Street Patrol - Officer Lon Sweeney is at 87 and Ellis. A brown firebird hit a big postal mailbox and ran. He checks it out and finds a needle. It turns out the front of the car hit a telephone poll. Witnesses say he ran through the hedges and might be right there. His license plate is 299 CAR. They call a K-9 and ask a man in his yard if he saw anyone and he says absolutely no one. They find Raymond shirtless hiding under a car. He comes squirming out like an alligator and is cuffed. Lon asks him why he did that, he says he doesn't know, but didn't do it on purpose. He says please don't let the dog get me. It keeps barking, but doesn't make a sound. He tells him it has laryngitis. Ray left the car because he got scared. EMS arrives to look at him and he says his ribs hurt, not sure what you call it, he jumped out of the car while it was still moving and the door it him, he hasn't drank... but took meth, injected it, less than 1/4 of a gram. He starts hyperventilating and they pull him out and take the cuffs off. Lon says not to do anything stupid if he thinks he's in pain now. They load him into an ambulance and he says help me. (8:45 PM Man with a Gun Call) Lon asks 2 little girls if they saw a guy carrying an orange bag and they say no. He drives through a park to cut him off and finds three guys sitting at a picnic table. He says the guy with the gun told him he was going to stay home, he just wanted to come out for a while and the gun is home. The guy won't get up so Lon twists his arm and he howls, screams and he has to throw him down and finds a gun on him. He says it's a cap gun. They yell at him not to walk around the park and threaten people, they warned him about him an hour ago. He's upset because he just found out his brother died of a heroin overdose. Lon says he will die of a lead overdose.
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.