Live PD

On Tuesday, the Williamson County Commissioners voted to end the contract with Big Fish Entertainment, the company that films Live PD. Courtesy photo

On Tuesday, the Williamson County Commissioners pulled the plug on the television show Live PD in Williamson County.

Live PD is a documentary television show on the A&E Network, where cameras follow law enforcement officers live during night patrols.

“[Big Fish Entertainment] will no longer have permission to film our office, facilities or vehicles or anything associated with Williamson County or Williamson County Sheriff’s Office,” Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell said.

Previously, Gravell was in favor of the show, but directed to the court’s legal counsel to end the contract.

A series of controversies have surfaced surrounding the series, including allegations against Commander Steve Deaton for inappropriate behavior. In April, there were reports that Deaton asked several deputies if they had sex with one of the show’s producers.

Deaton was also the subject of controversial Facebook posts. The photos showed dolls in the act of date rape and an African-American football player mutilated for kneeling for the National Anthem.

“My hope is that every member of our community feels safe and valued, but the images posted by Commander Deaton do not promote this,” Precinct 3 Commissioner Valerie Covey said. “I am opposed to what is happening here, and I’m sickened that it hasn’t been addressed yet.”

In May, Convey and Precinct 2 Commissioner Cynthia Long wanted to end the contract because “the show did not accurately portray life in the county.”

During public comments, one Williamson County resident said the county has great officers, but once you add a camera, it’s time to be on stage.

According to a report from Spectrum News, the county district attorney is still fighting to obtain footage of certain cases that were filmed on the show.

The county claims that the contract with Big Fish Entertainment indicates that any footage recorded would be destroyed after 30 days.

Previously, Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody has defended the show, however, he has not made a comment since Tuesday’s vote.

The vote was unanimous, and Live PD will have 30 days to end all filming in the county.

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