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Cops - S01 E10

Crime . Action . Reality . Reality-TV

(4:00 PM Drug Operation Briefing) Capt Ron Cacciatore has $100,000 and counts out $30,000 for flash money. 4:00 pm Drug operation briefing. They are going to watch the guy, he's driving a red 4x4 and they told him it would take 45 minutes to get there. It is a full moon so they wear their vests. They've been watching him for a couple years, but the only way to get him prosecuted is to put the dope in his hands. The guy painting his place says he's home. Team 1 - Surveillance - they do a drive by to see if he's home. They park and can see the apartment complex, near where a white van is parked. Team 2 Surveillance - they see his brother Pete arrive in a white Nissan. He walks out with a large white man. He passes them and they give chase. They think it's him and have air support. 6:14 pm. They park outside and wait. He gets a blue duffel bag from a white Chevy truck. They go after the white pickup. He drives wild and his partner says to relax or he'll blow it. 6:19 pm they have him. They get out and frisk them. The first guy fights and runs. He threatens to shoot him. The cameraman gets the second guy down, but he runs with one cuff on. 6:25 pm Team 1 - He ran west on 16th. The 2 kilos were taken so they go and look for the buyer. They have to go around a NJ car who doesn't see them. He is moving northbound with a K-9 on him and a chopper. At 7:05 pm he is caught. The dog rips his pants in half. He fights, kicks a cop, they pound and choke him, dog pulls his underwear off. His shirt is ripped off and a dozen people jump him against a picket fence. One guy punches him twice in the face and he doesn't even flinch. He is cuffed to a gurney and brought into the emergency room. Dr. Meyers looks at him, his chest has dirt on it, he is covered with abrasions. They think he's into the martial arts. They need to move him to a suture room and handcuff him to a bed. He is facing two counts of trafficking coke, $250,000 each, multiple counts of battery, two on a police dog, escape, $1,000,000 bail. K-9 Max got him, he said he gives up, then they pulled the dog off, he kicked the dog and officers so the dog bit him again. 8:30 am the next day he is arraigned in a court. He is detained on all the charges. At the station they are watching a training tape of a cop who gets shot. Roll Call District 9 - Sgt. Nick Frey says he should've run wide and slow, that's why he got shot, didn't see the perp. He takes a woman and unloads her gun, then a male officer and does the same. They reholster the gun and the Sgt. says they are in the center of a park, he grabs the gun and holds it to the officers head. She says she is going to draw down on him since he'll shoot anyway. All he wants is her to drop the gun. She says she won't drop the gun. If he shoots she'll shoot. She is told - Do not drop the gun, do not back off. If he points the gun, Deputy Jim Fondo is able to grab his arm and pull it down. 911 Call Possible Gunfire. Jim takes the call. It is dark and they pull a rifle from an older white guy. They want to know where the second gun is, but he says there isn't one. Jen says they were sitting outside have a family discussion. She cries. They were sticking up for Richie and he didn't like it. Bobby hit her dad, Linda went in to get the gun. No shots were fired. Cops hear multiple shots fired from two people, but it wasn't them.

Episode Title: Broward County, FL #10
Airs: 1989-05-13 at 20:00
  • Marvin Kitman

    Don't miss the pilot. It's the best new crime series of the year, whatever you call it, tabloid TV, exciting TV, real TV. [6 Jan 1989]

    Newsday Full Review
  • Howard Rosenberg

    On the one hand, it's absolutely captivating, raw and unpredictable, a bubbling boiler of excitement rendered in the style of CBS' "48 Hours" and unrivaled by conventional cop dramas in prime time...On the other hand, the camera assumes the disgusting role of hanging judge by prematurely filling the screen with the faces of numerous suspects swept up in drug busts, some of whom may turn out to be innocent or may even go uncharged, for all we know. [7 Jan 1989, p.C1]

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Joseph P. Kahn

    Be forewarned: Cops may not be everyone's cup of tea. The language is raw, the emotions intense, and some of the scenes, like the one where a homicide unit fishes a cadaver out of a canal, are definitely not for the squeamish. But give credit to Cops' producers. They didn't want "pretty," and they didn't want Armani. They wanted the real stuff. What they got makes "Miami Vice" look like a cop-out. [7 Jan 1989, p.30]

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Robert P. Laurence

    More compelling than the general run of fictional drama, and often funnier, sadder and more poignant, Cops at first seems to be an unassembled jigsaw puzzle...This is a documentary being pieced together before our eyes. There is a strong, undeniable element of tabloid TV in Cops, of sensationalism and exploitation. But there is more. There is a picture of the toll this kind of work takes on the human beings who do it. Cops may also make television stars of its subjects.[11 March 1989, p.C-11]

    San Diego Union-Tribune Full Review
  • Steve Sonsky

    An ugly little glimpse into our hometown community...A cinema-verite, hand-held camera walk on the wild side with the Broward County Sheriff's Office.. A televised tour into (Broward's) heart of darkness...It had real energy. It was tense, taut, a video knuckle sandwich. You were with those cops as they chased fleeing perps, wrestled with muscled smugglers. And you couldn't help but be impressed with the heroism and dedication of the men and women on the streets -- Sheriff Nick 'I Never Met A Camera Angle I Didn't Like' Navarro's grandstanding antics notwithstanding. [Jan 1989]

    Miami Herald Full Review