This column represents the thoughts and opinion of Jason Hennington. This is NOT the opinion of the Taylor Press.
Well, LivePD is back in Williamson County. In August the contract for the show was canceled. According to several news sources, the show was brought back without approval from the Commissioners’ Court.
I don’t know if it was by popular demand, but I do know it is back. I have never hidden my opinion about LivePD. I don’t like it and I don’t agree with it in the county. That’s not my decision though.
The last time it was here, it painted a negative picture of the county. Some of the stops were bogus and ended with excuses but made for good TV. So, was that really enough to bring it back? Not to me.
It’s been said that having LivePD again shows the county’s effort to be transparent. How is LivePD a form of transparency?
It does show how officers act on some calls. However, it does not show how officers act on all calls. I’m not calling anyone out or saying that officers are acting out of character, but the television show does not reveal everything.
The transparency associated with LivePD is as accurate as an online poll question. An online poll question shows the results of people who are online that take the poll. I realize we have a poll question on our website, but I also realize not everyone in town takes it. In other words, the amount of people who take it does not reflect the opinion of the entire community.
I was actually surprised when I found out it was back on television. I found out through a social media comment in regard to COVID-19 cases.
Someone noted that a map of Williamson County viewed on the shows display of all the COVID-19 cases in the county. On the map, Taylor was one of the possible locations. At the time there were not any cases in Taylor.
Again, a negative image of Taylor was conveyed, even if it was by accident or misinterpretation.
Right now, the focus should be on safety and ending coronavirus. Instead, there is uproar about the return of LivePD.
According to a Tweet from Sheriff Robert Chody, I possibly fall into a small minority of forces that will do anything to stop LivePD.
Why? Because it misrepresents the community in which we live. There are not as many drug dealers or dangers to the community as portrayed on the show.
This is an opinion column, so I didn’t reach out to anyone for a comment. If a reason arises that I need to write a news story, I will gladly call to talk to someone, or a voicemail machine.
If anyone wants to talk to me about LivePD, please email or call me.
I’m going to get off my soapbox now and try to make myself another mask. The first two I made almost suffocated me.
“I think the love-hate is fundamental. Everyone hates reality television, and everyone's watching it. Everyone hates Facebook, and everyone is on it.”
- Bo Burnham