How Law & Order’s Dick Wolf Is Reimagining His Shows In The Wake Of The BLM Protests

As the nation ignited with police brutality protests this spring, TV cop shows started to catch a lot of flak. Reality shows that glorify policing, notably Cops and LivePD, were the first to go under sustained pressured from Color Of Change. Then attention turned to Dick Wolf, creator of Law & Order. Now the king of the police procedural is scrambling to save one of TV’s most lucrative franchises. Color Of Change continues to call out such shows, saying that the genre spreads dangerous misinformation about our criminal justice system and essentially functions as a “PR machine for the police.”

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Prosecutor: No Charges for Officer in Michael Brown’s Death

This week St. Louis County’s prosecutor announced he will not charge the police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown in Ferguson, a dramatic decision that reopens old wounds amid national outrage over police violence. This marks the third time prosecutors investigated and opted not to charge Darren Wilson. The issue has taken on new life since George Floyd’s death in May. Color Of Change’s Sr. Director of Criminal Justice Campaigns Scott Roberts says that the announcement reveals show just how badly our “criminal justice system fails Black communities by allowing police to operate with impunity.”

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After Worldwide Protests Against Police Brutality, What Does the Future of Cop TV Shows Look Like?

Is 2020 time for a change in all-too-familiar TV narratives? Crime and police dramas are some of the most popular shows on all 4 major networks. They account for 20% of shows last season. 80% of the writers for these shows are white. Color Of Change’s recent report Normalizing Injustice breaks down how these shows reinforce dated and racist stereotypes, often writing Black characters as one-dimensional characters who are perpetrators, victims of their own choices, and endorses of illegal actions taken by those around them.

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Television Ad Demanding Justice for Breonna Taylor Broadcast to Louisville Homes

Across Louisville, there’s a new TV ad — created by UltraViolet, Color Of Change, and Black Lives Matter — making sure Breonna Taylor’s name is not forgotten. The 26-year-old was shot 8 times when e Louisville police officers entered her apartment erroneously, the wrong address on a no-knock warrant, unannounced and by force in the middle of the night. The ad calls out the mayor and attorney general, asking them to fire, arrest and charge the officers involved in Taylor’s death, then directs people to a petition on JusticeforBreonna.org.

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Change Laws that Shield Police, STL Prosecutor Says

After another failed attempt to charge the police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri six years ago, leaders say it’s time to change the laws that shield police. St. Louis’ reform-minded DA Wesley Bell says legislators need to take a hard look at the laws that protect police from prosecution. His message that has gained momentum since George Floyd’s death ignited a national reckoning over racial injustice and police brutality. Color Of Change’s Scott Roberts says the fact the cop who killed Brown hasn’t stood trial “reinforces the importance of making the systemic changes necessary to end overpolicing and the structural racism” built into our system.

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#ChangeHollywood: Michael B. Jordan, Color of Change Launch Roadmap to Inclusion

On the heels of racial justice protests that erupted across the US, Color Of Change has launched a new initiative urging film and TV studios and production companies to invest in anti-racist content, authentic Black stories, and Black talent. Actor and producer Michael B. Jordan is leading the call for more inclusion, diverse stories, and greater representation for people of color in Hollywood. Jordan is quoted, “This roadmap is just the beginning of the journey to racial justice. We are all accomplices in the fight to transform Hollywood, and we invite content creators and industry leaders to join us in working together to #ChangeHollywood.”

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