Grandmothers and Pregnant Women Beware.

Sunday, August 23rd, 2009

Dear TLC,

What the hell is wrong with you?


Radley Balko

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(Snapped by a reader in New York City.)

More: Per the comments, here’s a trailer for the show. It features the lovely line: “There’s always a good time to use a Taser.”

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66 Responses to “Grandmothers and Pregnant Women Beware.”

  1. #1 |  Michael Chaney | 

    Wanna bet they don’t tell all of Broward County’s stories, like this one?

  2. #2 |  Bill | 

    Does anyone remember when The Learning Channel actually had shows worth watching. Shows like this just angry up my blood.

  3. #3 |  Chris Berez | 

    I don’t understand why people in this country insist on glorifying a bunch of bullies and jack-booted thugs that would be in absolute heaven had they lived in Nazi Germany or Fascist Italy. We watch these pieces of human garbage shit all over the law and trample our rights. We watch as they subject people to beatings, electrocution and further abuse at their first opportunity and we laugh and beg for more.

    I realize there are a few good cops left out there; but it sure seems that they are overwhelmingly in the minority. Maybe one of these days this country can come to its senses and we can have a show where these thugs in uniforms get what they truly have coming to them.

  4. #4 |  K. Wilson | 

    OMG, so now they are going to glorify electrocuting “rowdy citizens”? Seriously? God, how many cops will watch this and get bright ideas?

  5. #5 |  MichaelK42 | 

    @tlc_pr might be asked WTF is going on. Twitter is for two-way communication, right? Let’s see what they say.

  6. #6 |  nicole | 

    Well, I didn’t manage to find a straight e-mail address on the TLC website, but I used their “viewer relations” form to submit my rather strongly worded letter suggesting they might simply amend the ad to read “TORTURE TIME” if they wanted to be honest.

    This is, of course, the real problem with tasers. Somehow, people can see them being used and not see torture—they can even see something to laugh about. Sadistic cops will never have to stop torturing people if regular folks think tasers aren’t torture devices.

  7. #7 |  nicole | 

    Good call, MichaelK42. Tweeted here

  8. #8 |  MichaelK42 | 

    While they’re at it, maybe they can move up to featuring just the non-fatal shootings, too. I mean, as long as no one got killed it’s OK, right?

  9. #9 |  de stijl | 

    Don’t tase me, ho.

  10. #10 |  kishnevi | 

    I live there. Oh, for the days when we could pride ourselves on being high class, with our chief distinction being Spring Break Capital of the World.

    Y’all probably know that the original COPS was filmed in Broward, and was mostly the brainchild of the then Sheriff, Nick Navarro?

    Odds are, however, that the slogan was a cute idea by some TLC hack.

  11. #11 |  Dave Krueger | 

    Several years ago, I went to an exhibit they had at Balboa Park in San Diego called Torture Instruments of the Inquisition. Right outside the museum there was a small presentation about the taser as an instrument of torture which I think was put up by Amnesty International. At the time I saw it, before I had my eyes opened by theagitator, I thought it was pretty out of place, especially considering the inventiveness of some of the pain inflicting devices on display inside the museum.

    I don’t think there is any question that, if given a choice between being shot and being tasered, the latter is preferable. It’s a shame that law enforcement can take an invention with such potential to save lives and turn it into an option of first resort almost to the point where one has to wonder if they have any other interpersonal skills at all.

    I wonder if the high tech novelty and sadistic thrill of shocking the crap out of someone will ever wear off so that cops can get back to exercising a little intellect in their interaction with people.

  12. #12 |  Naughty | 

    Damn, until I saw the TLC logo I was hoping it was a playboy channel electroplay special.

  13. #13 |  David | 

    On the commercials for the show that air around here, (Baltimore), the younger blond one says something to the effect of “There’s always a good time to taser someone.” That was all I needed to hear about the show…pretty scary stuff.

  14. #14 |  Helmut O' Hooligan | 

    What sick fuck advertising twerp put this out for the public to see? Anyone else remember the suggestion Bill Hicks had for people employed in marketing? Well, that idea went through my head when I saw this awful poster.

    This is a great example of how popular culture, and private citizens, contribute to the troubled state of law enforcement. This is not a joke, TLC! Tasers may have a very limited place in law enforcement, as Dave Krueger points out above. But, this wink and nod response to excessive use of tasers is disgusting. It is also not that uncommon. Police agencies don’t take the danger posed by tasers seriously, and citizens don’t either.

    For the record, I watched some of “Police Women of Broward County” the other night. I couldn’t watch more than a few minutes. As a former criminal justice student, and current healthcare security officer (no, I don’t carry a taser), I see this show, and the style of policing it portrays, as a promotion of the kind of law enforcement that needs to be curtailed. Wow, chasing black kids around the ghetto for dealing drugs that the government has stupidly prohibited! I just don’t find that exciting or morally acceptable anymore.

  15. #15 |  SB7 | 

    I was going to mention the line from the commercial about it “never being a bad time to taser someone” but David beat me to it. I was dumbfounded when I heard it.

  16. #16 |  Helmut O' Hooligan | 

    Damn, I wasn’t aware of the “never a bad time…” line. I know one of the female officers I saw seemed overly aggressive and, as in many of these shows, was playing to the cameras. When I was watching I heard her say something about “not being afraid to kick a little ass.” I was not impressed. Bad, bad image for law enforcment, but apparently this is what the people want, right TLC.

  17. #17 |  primus | 

    90% of cops are giving the other 10% a bad name

  18. #18 |  InMD | 

    It really is unfortunate that use of force against citizens is being used as an advertising gimmick. I’m starting to wonder if we shouldn’t just flat out bar law enforcement from carrying the things. The trend seems to be police using them as a sort of punishment for not showing deference, not for self defense. Yea it’s better than being shot I suppose but I think the fact that there thought of as non-lethal facilitates frivolous use of the devices.

    Maybe I’m wrong about this but I would at least hope that the stories about people being tased for no reason wouldn’t have ended in a shooting just because the officer didn’t have a taser. It might actually make the police have to work through awkward situations rather than resort to silencing people with electric shocks. Granted I suppose even absent a taser there is still the old fashioned night-stick beating option. Jest aside though I really do think that the taser is becoming the tool of choice for 21st century tyranny and we really should re-open the debate on whether police should be equipped with them at all.

  19. #19 |  InMD | 

    Should be “they’re thought of as non-lethal”

  20. #20 |  Trish | 

    Ok, I’m now completely convinced The Gubmint is controlling the airwaves. There’s little on t.v. anymore that doesn’t glorify cops, medical personnel or lawyers these days.

    Of course, I’m a little paranoid. I killed my cable at the beginning of summer and I’ve been watching nothing but X-Files for the last couple of months. I want to believe, but I trust no one. Heh.

    Seriously though, there’s a stark contrast to tv programming between now and pre 9/11. *adjusts tinfoil hat* The ads for “Trauma” really piss me off.

  21. #21 |  Greg C | 

    The commercials have the ” there’s always a good time to use a taser” line plus feature some pretty awesome tackling/battering on “civilians.” The theme of the promos is “This show is about how woman can abuse/torture beat the shit out of someone just as well as men.”

  22. #22 |  Andrew | 

    I watched the first episode of the show and it was sickening. The pathetic stupid skanks in uniform were utterly vile. I think the standout was this hideous, dried out, used up old whore who was bait for a prostitution sting. Most crack whores are more attractive and have more respect for themselves than that cow apparently does.

    Hopefully one of the citizens these government sluts brutalizes gets a very good attorney and uses their cable whoredom as evidence of their pattern of ineptitude and gross brutality.

    By the way, it statistically proven female cops are much more likely to shoot someone than their male counterparts so one has to wonder if they’re similarly more likely to use a taser.

  23. #23 |  K. Wilson | 

    Well folks, keep the video camera/cell phone handy and remember:

    It’s never a bad time to tape somebody.

    If you’re in a situation where a cop tases you for not licking their boots at least you’ll have youtube fodder. Sadly, that’s what we’re down to anymore, because the law and the constitution mean less and less these days.

  24. #24 |  Andrew | 

    Ok, so one of the officers uttered a semi-clever catchphrasey line that got cut into the trailer.

    I’ve watched the show. It’s being wasted. The officers featured are charismatic enough that if the producers focused on them, their life on the job and their life off the job — rather than showing drug raid after drug raid — it might have some potential.

    But instead we get treated to shots of them cracking wise, chasing after some poor minority and generally humiliating them with an on-camera drug arrest, which is of course made more dramatic because the officers know the cameras are there -for them-.

    I’d like to see a serious documentary series about women in law enforcement. This show doesn’t even try. Shame on TLC and on the Broward Sheriff for allowing it.

  25. #25 |  Sam | 

    There’s a market for this type of television, and so The Learning Channel is happily providing for it, crap though it might be. An equally interesting show might be one documenting the work of The Innocence Project, but it might not have as many catchy taglines.

  26. #26 |  Corey | 

    Amusingly enough, the ad at the bottom of this post in my RSS feed reader was a recruitment ad for the TSA.

  27. #27 |  Pinandpuller | 

    Do MP’s use tasers on soldiers who don’t salute?

    Do MP’s use tasers at all?

    If not what are they taught to do and what do they do? Just curious.

    I know regular old cops don’t mind tasing soldiers and whatnot.

  28. #28 |  Dan | 

    Tom Jicha of the Sun Sentinel wrote a review of the show here:,0,5586881.column

    His final word:

    “Police Women of Broward County adds nothing to the television landscape that couldn’t be achieved with another rerun of Cops. Channel surfers who stumble on it could not be faulted for thinking that is exactly what it is.”

    I’m not sure Tom is aware of the disgustingly distasteful Taser angle to this… maybe that could change.

    According to the byline Tom Jicha can be reached at

  29. #29 |  Sam | 

    The only part of any episode I caught featured a woman pulling a single guy over because, “he was seen leaving a part of town known to have prostitutes.” She pulls him over, and he does act erratically, including pissing on himself. She laughs at him, makes a joke about it, harasses him until she decides she can’t charge him with anything, tells the poor guy that she’s letting him off with a warning (for god knows what), and they go into commercial.

    I was screaming at the television. My girlfriend changed the channel to make me shut up.

  30. #30 |  Occam's Beard | 

    I don’t waste my money on cable, so I couldn’t watch this vile, voyeuristic, sadistic pile of crap (even if I wanted to) but I wonder if some of you who have could furnish a list of the companies who advertised on it. A few well considered messages to the sponsors of this tripe might go a lot further towards conveying our disgust than simply telling TLC. Look at the Whole Foods ruckus. Just sayin’.

  31. #31 |  Kino | 

    I haven’t and won’t EVER watch it !!!!!

  32. #32 |  damaged justice | 

    “There’s always a good time to taser someone.”

    You first, bitch.

  33. #33 |  Euler | 

    I can’t wait for TLC’s next new show, “The Running Man”. The reviews I have seen make it sound like a real blast.

  34. #34 |  the friendly grizzly | 

    Who are the sponsors of this monstrosity? Time to do a Beck on this show.

  35. #35 |  MichaelK42 | 


    “Running Man?” How quaint. How about more like “Battle Royale,” except we have TLC execs running from a class of 9th graders armed with Tasers?

    Ah, Thug Life Channel/Tasering Lowly Citizens/Televising Lowlife Cops. You could still sink a bit lower. If you’re going to go for vicarious violence, you might as well go all the way.

  36. #36 |  MichaelK42 | 

    Also note that Packratt is on the case at

    Broward County has… issues it would appear.

  37. #37 |  CHRISC | 

    Jeez, didn’t the dummies in TV land learn from their mistakes in glorifying the LA Rampart felons in blue??? What is with the culture of glorifying these people? It comes about as close to being indoctrination TV as MSNBC is.

  38. #38 |  Bob42 | 

    I rather have a root canal than watch that garbage, and I have to wonder what kind of sick fuck actually likes it.

    At least BDSM is practiced among voluntary participants.

  39. #39 |  David | 

    But when it happens to other people, it’s COOL!

  40. #40 |  Andrew S. | 

    My wife and I were watching something on the Discovery Channel couple of weeks ago, and a commercial for this came on. As soon as it ended my wife told me not to rant, since she already knew what my response would be.

    I especially hate that I live in Broward County, and my tax dollars go to the Broward Sheriff’s Office. Disgusting.

  41. #41 |  Kristen | 

    TLC and A&E have the most craptastic law enforcement shows. Remember Dallas SWAT? Radley had a few posts on a poker raid that aired on that show. The good news is these police “women” are opening themselves up to the same kind of scrutiny and litigation that happene dto the Dallas SWAT team over that poker raid.

    Also, the thing about good cops getting a bad name from their evil counterparts? As far as I’m concerned, any cop that generally respects a citizen’s rights, but does nothing to curb corruption and violence in his or her own PD, is not a “good” cop. Since we know that the fraternity of police will almost alway close ranks and protect their own, there’s pretty much no such thing as a good cop.

  42. #42 |  Tom | 

    What I don’t understand are the people who watch shows like this. One episode of COPS should be enough to convince you that the police are a huge part of the problem.

    In the case of this show, I’m not even going to watch something that promotes the view “There’s always a good time to use a Taser.”

  43. #43 |  Dark-Star | 

    A few bullet holes painted or pasted over that badge would be entirely appropriate. Shame on TLC for glorifying those jackbooted meglomaniacs and making light of a modern torture instrument.

  44. #44 |  Patrick | 

    The comments are pretty scary:

  45. #45 |  Yizmo Gizmo | 

    Who pays for the cameraman in COPS?
    Or the editing? Or the splicing or lighting or gaffer, etc.
    Taxpayers? Doesn’t the merging of law enforcement (justice-driven)
    and “entertainment” (money-driven) violate some sort of due process rights?

  46. #46 |  KeithH | 

    Police Women of Broward County. Toddlers and Tiaras.
    this on The Learning Channel.

    How can drugs be any worse for kids than this?

  47. #47 |  David | 

    Please tell me this is a Reno 911 spinoff.

  48. #48 |  nicole | 

    Well, I got my nonresponse from the viewer relations contact form. But don’t worry–“comments such as these are taken very seriously.”

    @tlc_pr is pretty quiet this morning.

  49. #49 |  Lorraine Sumrall | 

    I guess if the cops taser someone on the show and then they die we’ll never see that episode, now will we?

  50. #50 |  J sub D | 

    I’d rather we not try to make this a gender thing. Women cops can brulalize citizens just as men cops do. Well, duh.

    The issue is that much of the media stand at the sidelines cheering our descent towards a police state where LEOs are free to torture the citizenry completely confident that no repercussions will follow.

    Fuck you TLC. Fuck you very much.

  51. #51 |  Taser porn on The Learning Channel | Mutate! | 

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  52. #52 |  European | 

    USA, what the feck is wrong with you? You are about as civilized as some backwater 3rd world dictatorship.

  53. #53 |  ASPECTRATIO | 

    Congratulations TLC! The objective of good advertising is to break through the clutter, get noticed, and get buzz. It worked!

  54. #54 |  Dean | 

    Full episodes are available on the TLC website:

    In the first episode right around 19:00 the cop throws a woman to the ground who was already handcuffed and was trying to hide evidence. Then she threatens her and says “If you try to do that again, I am going to throw you harder and this time it will hurt.”

    Stay classy Broward Co.

  55. #55 |  Drunkenatheist | 

    @Andrew (#22):

    While I understand your frustrations and agree that the show is more about glorifying the subjugation of the public, your comment is the exact reason why the Libertarian party has issues attracting women to the party.

    I get it, the cops featured in the show are jackbooted thugs. That’s cool, dude, I’m right there with you, and those commercials have drawn my ire more than once; however, is there really a need for the blatant disrespect towards women in your comment?

    And, no, you aren’t the only person, but your comment is the only one that is rife with sexist shit. Yeah, based on their depictions from the commercials, these cops are megalomaniac assholes, but you can find ways to call them megalomaniac assholes without resorting to terms such as “cow,” “slut,” “skank,” or “whore.”

  56. #56 |  MichaelK42 | 

    I don’t think they took the tagline far enough.

  57. #57 |  cb | 

    seems a bit reminiscent of another abuse of police power that was referred to here in NY as “Giuliani time.”

  58. #58 |  Andrew Williams | 

    I see it’s time for this again:


  59. #59 |  M. | 

    Women can be just as bad as men, if not worse, in this respect.

  60. #60 |  matthew | 

    We are letting this happen to us,just like those in Hitlers Germany.No one thought it would get that bad,but it did.It’s time for the citizens to arrest the men who break the law,who clam to be the law.We are the many,made to believe we are the few by the few.They make fun of us,for the loss of common seance on our part,developed by the few.As it was said;’you may have the guns,but we got the number’ Jim Morrison.We build this country together,hard working and the educated.Our freedom and lives are know at stake.

  61. #61 |  Andrew Williams | 

    It’s Peanut Butter Taser Time!

  62. #62 |  Andrew Williams | 

    On topic:

  63. #63 |  Andrew Williams | 

    This was TLC’s response to my complaint about the show:

    Dear Viewer:

    Thank you for contacting TLC. We appreciate your correspondence and for taking the time to share your thoughts and concerns with us about Police Women Of Broward County.

    In an effort to ensure the highest quality programming, comments such as these are taken very seriously. Each and every comment is forwarded on to our programming executives for review and consideration. Maintaining the integrity of all of our networks is our primary goal. It is these types of comments that contribute to creating change and improving our programming.

    Again, thank you for contacting TLC.


    Viewer Relations

    It would be funny if it wasn’t so stupid.

  64. #64 |  Daniel | 

    I hate to be a killjoy but I can assure you that if these bitches come after me I’ll kick their asses, but good. What is up with the garbage on TV? These women are disgusting.

  65. #65 |  mike V | 

    i watched the show a few times, a friend noted my concern with the subjagatuion of minorities and brutal mistreatment of suspects, always claiming that someone must be doing something wrong and deserve worse treatment because they are under arrest or undersuspicion.

    why did that cop bitch do a vag search in a public parking lot in front of cameras.
    isnt that illegal? immoral?
    there has to be a probable cause to do such an invasive search.
    this cop claims to have performed plenty of cavity searches?
    i have a feeling that this nazi pig actually gets perverse sadistic pleasure, but notcide her clients are poor minorities, if the police did this in larger cities there would be riots.

    why did the cops raid a house after that dude dropped a beer & drugs on the lawn outside? the person did not corroberate any story or claim drugs were sold inside? yes they did find drugs and a gun, but thats some flimsy police work with some pretty insufficent evidence to start pointing guns into an open door and ordering everyone out!!!!

    this freind smokes pot, but has it conveniently delivered by messenger to her job and apt so she is never under suspicion from low level drug sales activity. all of her stories revolve around suburban drug deals where if someone is wronged its just ‘whoah dude thats bad karma’ my experience growing up in the bronx is like ‘whoah your dead, your family is dead and your dog is dead’
    so im against drugs not because you get high and drive, or its a crime, its because theres always someone out there whos making money off drugs and when you buy drugs illegally your supporting a criminal organization, i hold a special contempt for those people buy drugs in their car by going to a cracked out hood then retreating to the safety of their homes in nicer hoods. that money you left behind is part of the problem.

    but these characters that they subjegate are poor aimless people.
    its too easy to think thats not me, im not a crackhead, but watching this show makes me sick, how could you treat people who need social assistance like they are less than human.

    rehab not jail. thats the answer. these pigs are embarassing.
    if this is what is now catagorized as entertainment on tv, im leaving this country soon i hope,.
    f*ck them,

  66. #66 |  Ejm | 

    I am pro law enforcement and I work with police alot and know there are alot of great professional police out there.

    But lets face it anyone can act big and bold when they have weapons and a bunch of people backing them up. These women on the show especially the young blonde act no different than the highschool bully who bothers the little weakling when he has all his friends with him.
    I would like to see blondie act like like that in Mexico or in the favelas in Rio De Janiero (BOPE would probaly put her in her place).

    I will be impressed when you tackle and arrest Hardcore criminals who are not afraid of law enforcement. Try that with Russian mafia or Los Zetas.