Officer Jim Brinkley is slashed with a knife and the perpetrator gets away. A man gets ready to swing a chair at Officer Zan Schuberger until he draws his pistol and threatens to shoot him. A woman demands that Officer Richard Keith charge a man with trespassing. A woman ties up her husband with their telephone cord until she can flag down the police. Officer Scott Caron protects a woman openly cheating on her husband.
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.