Led by Vice Mayor Alicia Reece, some Council members said allowing "Cops" to tape here would spotlight Cincinnati's crime problems, including a rising homicide rate, at a time when the city is trying to recover from the 2001 riots and lure more businesses and conventions.
When I first saw this item, I was pleased that Cops wouldn't be coming to my hometown, since I find it a disturbing show. It sickens me to see real people's suffering and strife exploited as "entertainment."
But on second thought, I was disturbed at the reasoning behind the Council's decision. They're afraid of more negative publicity for the Cincy police. And I think that's missing the point. The publicity wouldn't be negative if the stuff it were covering weren't negative to begin with. It feels like the council is more interested in covering up our city's police problems than fixing them.