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  • Cash Cow Franchise: Within a year the series had created no less than seven spinoffs and A&E also frequently runs day-long marathons of the show.
  • Distanced from Current Events / Screwed by the Network: Despite being A&E's Cash Cow Franchise by that point, it was abruptly cancelled in June 2020 in the wake of the international protests against police brutality sparked by the death of George Floyd.
  • Overshadowed by Controversy: In June 2020, the George Floyd/Black Lives Matter protests made many shows regarding police - ranging from wholeheartedly pro-police shows like this one to even shows that didn't try to be pro-police - feel like they were airing too soon — COPS was also canceled around this time. Worse, it was also revealed that the producers of Live PD had footage of the police tasering a man to death at a traffic stop, when all the suspect allegedly did wrong was driving with a broken headlight. The man's family tried to get the show to give them the footage in their wrongful death lawsuit against the Austin, TX PD, only to find out that the raw, unused footage was destroyed at the officers' request (the Sheriff involved in that case was later indicted for tampering with the evidence). These three factors led to Live PD being pulled from the air.
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