'Live PD' host clashes with CNN anchor who claims show lacked 'social responsibility'

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"Live PD" host Dan Abrams had a fiery clash Thursday with CNN anchor Brianna Keilar over the show's cancellation, with the anchor suggesting the program was nothing more than "entertainment."
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"Live PD" host Dan Abrams had a fiery clash Thursday with CNN anchor Brianna Keilar over the show's cancellation, with the anchor suggesting the program was nothing more than "entertainment."

On Wednesday, A&E Network announced the hit show would no longer be in production following the Paramount Network's cancellation of the long-running series "Cops."

Abrams, an executive producer of the series, previously expressed confidence that "Live PD" would ultimately return after A&E pulled the show from its schedule and has since expressed his disappointment with the network's decision.

During an interview on Thursday, though, Abrams was on the defensive.

Keilar drew focus to the March 2019 death of Javier Ambler, whose arrest was captured by "Live PD," but Ambler ended up dying in police custody. Bodycam footage showing Ambler struggling to breathe was recently released following the death of George Floyd. However, what was seen in the footage never aired on the show.

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"Police come off looking good in a lot of these videos... why was the video in the Javier Ambler case destroyed?" Keilar asked.

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Abrams explained the show's policy was to only retain footage for roughly 30 days as a way to prevent the show from becoming an "arm of law enforcement," but Texas' Williamson County requested that the footage to be retained for "three months," which the show honored like any legal request, and was ultimately erased after the Ambler investigation was closed.

"Looking back on it, do I wish 'Live PD' had retained it? Yeah," Abrams said. "But the policy was put in place for the exact opposite reason that people are suggesting now."

"Did 'Live PD ever consider having an exception when people die?" Keilar later asked Abrams, who responded "there should have been" despite the network's policy not show deaths that occur on air.

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