“Cops” Proposed for Yolo County Law Enforcement

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(Cue up “Cops” theme song)

It seems like sometimes the best stories are the ones that are almost accidental. I was at the Yolo County Board of Supervisor’s Meeting yesterday for the Medical Marijuana issue and a “Cops” episode broke out.

Actually is was an agenda item that proposed a reality television show to follow around the Yolo County Sheriff’s Office and chronicle their every moves–or at least all of their positive moves.

Scott Hervey from Weintraub was the person handling the arrangements.

The entire idea provoked considerable concern from members of the County Board of Supervisors.

Mr. Hervey in addition to Sheriff Ed Prieto and District Attorney Jeff Reisig asserted repeatedly that this will not portray Yolo County law enforcement in a negative light. Moreover the Sheriff’s Office and the District Attorney’s Office has complete control over content and can prevent any information from coming forth that is negative or reflects negatively on the department or the county. Repeatedly they mentioned this will cast the department only in a positive light.

Supervisor Matt Rexroad had some concerns. He did not want this to portray the county in any sort of negative light. “I do not want this to turn into Reno 911.” He said he would feel more comfortable with county counsel having veto rights to content written into the contract.

Mr. Hervey stopped short of that guarantee in the contract but did try to alleviate that concern.

Supervisor Thomson was concerned that the public defender was not represented in this negotiation process. At least 20 percent of prison population is severely mentally ill. Who will sign for them? Will their rights be properly represented. Also, concerned with confidentiality issues. What happens if this impacts some trial in court negatively? She said she was not interested in sensationalism, but rather she was interested in telling the real story. But that’s exactly the problem, the real story is often boring and sometimes casts things negatively.

In the most humorous moment of the proceedings, Supervisor Duane Chamberlain referred to District Attorney Reisig and Sheriff Ed Prieto as “Rocky and Bullwinkle.”

All joking aside, the Board of Supervisors seemed very uncomfortable at least at this point with the proposal and the lack of information that they had on this prior to it coming before them.

My concern is that here we have a system that has numerous very serious complaints and lawsuits against it and it is going to be portrayed in a very sanitized version to the public. The Sheriff’s Office and District Attorney’s office gets full editorial control? That’s not information, that’s propaganda. The ugly sides of the operations will never make the air but we will see the Sheriff’s Deputy walking the old lady across the street, so to speak.

This does not seem to serve the public’s interest whatsoever. The only way this is going to sell is if there is something entertaining and sensational about it. So if that’s not going to be about the Sheriff’s themselves, it has to be about someone? Some poor mentally disabled person who acts crazy? Is that what entertainment has come down to?

This seems a very inappropriate endeavor for our county and hopefully it is ultimately rejected by our elected official.

I like “Cops” as much as the next person, but sanitizing law enforcement does no one any good.

—Doug Paul Davis reporting

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68 thoughts on ““Cops” Proposed for Yolo County Law Enforcement”

  1. Anonymous

    Duane Chamberlain has it right: its a new version of the Rocky and Bullwinkle show!

    With all the problems catalogued on this blog regarding needless and unnecessary arrests and prosecutions by both local police agencies and the district attorney’s office it is unseemly to have the two top law enforcement leaders in the county spending their precious time on such nonsense. Why don’t they prioritize improving their respective departments by working to prevent their personnel from being involved in cases such as the Khalid Berny Case where both the sheriff and DA participated in a frivolous arrest and prosecution wasting thousands of taxpayer dollars? You add in the Buzayan Case and then Bernita Toney’s Case and untold others—this is where their efforts should be focused on–improving their department’s real work, not public relation gimmicks.

    The best way to improve one’s public relations is to do a good and lawful job. Right now in Yolo County we have serious judgment problems facing law enforcement which Prieto and Reisig do not seem to want to face other than to bring in Hollywood producers to enhance their own propaganda efforts.

  2. Anonymous

    Duane Chamberlain has it right: its a new version of the Rocky and Bullwinkle show!

    With all the problems catalogued on this blog regarding needless and unnecessary arrests and prosecutions by both local police agencies and the district attorney’s office it is unseemly to have the two top law enforcement leaders in the county spending their precious time on such nonsense. Why don’t they prioritize improving their respective departments by working to prevent their personnel from being involved in cases such as the Khalid Berny Case where both the sheriff and DA participated in a frivolous arrest and prosecution wasting thousands of taxpayer dollars? You add in the Buzayan Case and then Bernita Toney’s Case and untold others—this is where their efforts should be focused on–improving their department’s real work, not public relation gimmicks.

    The best way to improve one’s public relations is to do a good and lawful job. Right now in Yolo County we have serious judgment problems facing law enforcement which Prieto and Reisig do not seem to want to face other than to bring in Hollywood producers to enhance their own propaganda efforts.

  3. Anonymous

    Duane Chamberlain has it right: its a new version of the Rocky and Bullwinkle show!

    With all the problems catalogued on this blog regarding needless and unnecessary arrests and prosecutions by both local police agencies and the district attorney’s office it is unseemly to have the two top law enforcement leaders in the county spending their precious time on such nonsense. Why don’t they prioritize improving their respective departments by working to prevent their personnel from being involved in cases such as the Khalid Berny Case where both the sheriff and DA participated in a frivolous arrest and prosecution wasting thousands of taxpayer dollars? You add in the Buzayan Case and then Bernita Toney’s Case and untold others—this is where their efforts should be focused on–improving their department’s real work, not public relation gimmicks.

    The best way to improve one’s public relations is to do a good and lawful job. Right now in Yolo County we have serious judgment problems facing law enforcement which Prieto and Reisig do not seem to want to face other than to bring in Hollywood producers to enhance their own propaganda efforts.

  4. Anonymous

    Duane Chamberlain has it right: its a new version of the Rocky and Bullwinkle show!

    With all the problems catalogued on this blog regarding needless and unnecessary arrests and prosecutions by both local police agencies and the district attorney’s office it is unseemly to have the two top law enforcement leaders in the county spending their precious time on such nonsense. Why don’t they prioritize improving their respective departments by working to prevent their personnel from being involved in cases such as the Khalid Berny Case where both the sheriff and DA participated in a frivolous arrest and prosecution wasting thousands of taxpayer dollars? You add in the Buzayan Case and then Bernita Toney’s Case and untold others—this is where their efforts should be focused on–improving their department’s real work, not public relation gimmicks.

    The best way to improve one’s public relations is to do a good and lawful job. Right now in Yolo County we have serious judgment problems facing law enforcement which Prieto and Reisig do not seem to want to face other than to bring in Hollywood producers to enhance their own propaganda efforts.

  5. Davisite

    Our newly elected Yolo DA Reisig appears to have the uncanny ability to “step in IT” repeatedly, without missing a beat. Propaganda instead of reform.. what an embarrassment to us all.

  6. Davisite

    Our newly elected Yolo DA Reisig appears to have the uncanny ability to “step in IT” repeatedly, without missing a beat. Propaganda instead of reform.. what an embarrassment to us all.

  7. Davisite

    Our newly elected Yolo DA Reisig appears to have the uncanny ability to “step in IT” repeatedly, without missing a beat. Propaganda instead of reform.. what an embarrassment to us all.

  8. Davisite

    Our newly elected Yolo DA Reisig appears to have the uncanny ability to “step in IT” repeatedly, without missing a beat. Propaganda instead of reform.. what an embarrassment to us all.

  9. Anonymous

    Dude, we need the film makers man. They need to film us when they are taking are weed ilegally man. Let our stories be told dude. 420 we need to stick together man. If we get on tape it will show they are violating state law man, then we got them……I out

  10. Anonymous

    Dude, we need the film makers man. They need to film us when they are taking are weed ilegally man. Let our stories be told dude. 420 we need to stick together man. If we get on tape it will show they are violating state law man, then we got them……I out

  11. Anonymous

    Dude, we need the film makers man. They need to film us when they are taking are weed ilegally man. Let our stories be told dude. 420 we need to stick together man. If we get on tape it will show they are violating state law man, then we got them……I out

  12. Anonymous

    Dude, we need the film makers man. They need to film us when they are taking are weed ilegally man. Let our stories be told dude. 420 we need to stick together man. If we get on tape it will show they are violating state law man, then we got them……I out

  13. Anonymous

    Talk about unprofessionalism at the county level!

    Do you think they will show Sheriff Prieto spending money on items that he should have not spent them on (recall the grand jury report on the Sheriff from a couple of years ago revealing that he used departmental fund to buy his wife flowers)?

    Do you think they will show Reisig and deputy D.A.s who are prosecuting each and every case before them no matter how small?

    This is just a media gig designed to make them look like stars.

    They were elected to do their jobs and should do their jobs or they too can join Arnold in Hollywood once his term is up.

  14. Anonymous

    Talk about unprofessionalism at the county level!

    Do you think they will show Sheriff Prieto spending money on items that he should have not spent them on (recall the grand jury report on the Sheriff from a couple of years ago revealing that he used departmental fund to buy his wife flowers)?

    Do you think they will show Reisig and deputy D.A.s who are prosecuting each and every case before them no matter how small?

    This is just a media gig designed to make them look like stars.

    They were elected to do their jobs and should do their jobs or they too can join Arnold in Hollywood once his term is up.

  15. Anonymous

    Talk about unprofessionalism at the county level!

    Do you think they will show Sheriff Prieto spending money on items that he should have not spent them on (recall the grand jury report on the Sheriff from a couple of years ago revealing that he used departmental fund to buy his wife flowers)?

    Do you think they will show Reisig and deputy D.A.s who are prosecuting each and every case before them no matter how small?

    This is just a media gig designed to make them look like stars.

    They were elected to do their jobs and should do their jobs or they too can join Arnold in Hollywood once his term is up.

  16. Anonymous

    Talk about unprofessionalism at the county level!

    Do you think they will show Sheriff Prieto spending money on items that he should have not spent them on (recall the grand jury report on the Sheriff from a couple of years ago revealing that he used departmental fund to buy his wife flowers)?

    Do you think they will show Reisig and deputy D.A.s who are prosecuting each and every case before them no matter how small?

    This is just a media gig designed to make them look like stars.

    They were elected to do their jobs and should do their jobs or they too can join Arnold in Hollywood once his term is up.

  17. Anonymous

    “They were elected to do their jobs and should do their jobs or they too can join Arnold in Hollywood once his term is up”.

    What is good for one is good for all! You said it…

    You have made a good point! Freddie Oakley should join them!

  18. Anonymous

    “They were elected to do their jobs and should do their jobs or they too can join Arnold in Hollywood once his term is up”.

    What is good for one is good for all! You said it…

    You have made a good point! Freddie Oakley should join them!

  19. Anonymous

    “They were elected to do their jobs and should do their jobs or they too can join Arnold in Hollywood once his term is up”.

    What is good for one is good for all! You said it…

    You have made a good point! Freddie Oakley should join them!

  20. Anonymous

    “They were elected to do their jobs and should do their jobs or they too can join Arnold in Hollywood once his term is up”.

    What is good for one is good for all! You said it…

    You have made a good point! Freddie Oakley should join them!

  21. Richard

    there is a little thing known as the Public Records Act

    imagine that the producers film an episode of officer misconduct of some kind

    and, the DA and the Sheriff exercise their contractual right to suppress the broadcast of the incident in order to ensure that they are only portrayed in a “positive light”

    there’s a good chance that the contract, and all records associated with its performance, including an incident of this kind, e-mails, letters, even film outtakes, would be subject to disclosure upon request under the Act

    unless, of course, they were brazen enough to claim that the records were exempt as part of “an ongoing investigation”

    seems like they haven’t thought this through very well

    –Richard Estes

  22. Richard

    there is a little thing known as the Public Records Act

    imagine that the producers film an episode of officer misconduct of some kind

    and, the DA and the Sheriff exercise their contractual right to suppress the broadcast of the incident in order to ensure that they are only portrayed in a “positive light”

    there’s a good chance that the contract, and all records associated with its performance, including an incident of this kind, e-mails, letters, even film outtakes, would be subject to disclosure upon request under the Act

    unless, of course, they were brazen enough to claim that the records were exempt as part of “an ongoing investigation”

    seems like they haven’t thought this through very well

    –Richard Estes

  23. Richard

    there is a little thing known as the Public Records Act

    imagine that the producers film an episode of officer misconduct of some kind

    and, the DA and the Sheriff exercise their contractual right to suppress the broadcast of the incident in order to ensure that they are only portrayed in a “positive light”

    there’s a good chance that the contract, and all records associated with its performance, including an incident of this kind, e-mails, letters, even film outtakes, would be subject to disclosure upon request under the Act

    unless, of course, they were brazen enough to claim that the records were exempt as part of “an ongoing investigation”

    seems like they haven’t thought this through very well

    –Richard Estes

  24. Richard

    there is a little thing known as the Public Records Act

    imagine that the producers film an episode of officer misconduct of some kind

    and, the DA and the Sheriff exercise their contractual right to suppress the broadcast of the incident in order to ensure that they are only portrayed in a “positive light”

    there’s a good chance that the contract, and all records associated with its performance, including an incident of this kind, e-mails, letters, even film outtakes, would be subject to disclosure upon request under the Act

    unless, of course, they were brazen enough to claim that the records were exempt as part of “an ongoing investigation”

    seems like they haven’t thought this through very well

    –Richard Estes

  25. Josh

    I agree with you. This is so far away from what the county should be working toward.

    Prieto and Reisig looked like a couple of little kids who had just won the Christmas Pageant up there.

    I wonder if they know that most people in their television industry have at least 2 ounces of weed and a gram of coke on them at all times.

  26. Josh

    I agree with you. This is so far away from what the county should be working toward.

    Prieto and Reisig looked like a couple of little kids who had just won the Christmas Pageant up there.

    I wonder if they know that most people in their television industry have at least 2 ounces of weed and a gram of coke on them at all times.

  27. Josh

    I agree with you. This is so far away from what the county should be working toward.

    Prieto and Reisig looked like a couple of little kids who had just won the Christmas Pageant up there.

    I wonder if they know that most people in their television industry have at least 2 ounces of weed and a gram of coke on them at all times.

  28. Josh

    I agree with you. This is so far away from what the county should be working toward.

    Prieto and Reisig looked like a couple of little kids who had just won the Christmas Pageant up there.

    I wonder if they know that most people in their television industry have at least 2 ounces of weed and a gram of coke on them at all times.

  29. Anonymous

    Freddie Oakley is standing up for not discriminating against people just because they are gay. She’s not taking her show to the airwaves for a reality show. Two completely different issues.

    You may disagree with gay rights, and you may disagree with Freddie, but I respect her on her courage to stand up for what is right.

    There is no comparison of the two situations.

  30. Anonymous

    Freddie Oakley is standing up for not discriminating against people just because they are gay. She’s not taking her show to the airwaves for a reality show. Two completely different issues.

    You may disagree with gay rights, and you may disagree with Freddie, but I respect her on her courage to stand up for what is right.

    There is no comparison of the two situations.

  31. Anonymous

    Freddie Oakley is standing up for not discriminating against people just because they are gay. She’s not taking her show to the airwaves for a reality show. Two completely different issues.

    You may disagree with gay rights, and you may disagree with Freddie, but I respect her on her courage to stand up for what is right.

    There is no comparison of the two situations.

  32. Anonymous

    Freddie Oakley is standing up for not discriminating against people just because they are gay. She’s not taking her show to the airwaves for a reality show. Two completely different issues.

    You may disagree with gay rights, and you may disagree with Freddie, but I respect her on her courage to stand up for what is right.

    There is no comparison of the two situations.

  33. Anonymous

    Good point Josh. Are they going to arrest the camera person or producer who smells of weed while they are filming them arresting someone who was caught with an ounce of weed?

    What about filming Reisig at the gym pumping iron and people in the same gym selling some steroids? Bam! He catches them and saves the day. Has a “Terminator” feel to it, huh?

    The idea is rather silly. Just provide services to us good folks in Yolo County.

  34. Anonymous

    Good point Josh. Are they going to arrest the camera person or producer who smells of weed while they are filming them arresting someone who was caught with an ounce of weed?

    What about filming Reisig at the gym pumping iron and people in the same gym selling some steroids? Bam! He catches them and saves the day. Has a “Terminator” feel to it, huh?

    The idea is rather silly. Just provide services to us good folks in Yolo County.

  35. Anonymous

    Good point Josh. Are they going to arrest the camera person or producer who smells of weed while they are filming them arresting someone who was caught with an ounce of weed?

    What about filming Reisig at the gym pumping iron and people in the same gym selling some steroids? Bam! He catches them and saves the day. Has a “Terminator” feel to it, huh?

    The idea is rather silly. Just provide services to us good folks in Yolo County.

  36. Anonymous

    Good point Josh. Are they going to arrest the camera person or producer who smells of weed while they are filming them arresting someone who was caught with an ounce of weed?

    What about filming Reisig at the gym pumping iron and people in the same gym selling some steroids? Bam! He catches them and saves the day. Has a “Terminator” feel to it, huh?

    The idea is rather silly. Just provide services to us good folks in Yolo County.

  37. Rich Rifkin

    Yolo County would be much better off if we emphasized our agricultural heritage, rather than our law enforcement officers on TV.

    Maybe the DA can work out a deal with the producers of the program that slightly changed the name of the show. Instead of “Cops,” let’s go with, “Crops.” Of course, the song would change, as well:

    Bad bugs bad bugs
    Watcha gonna do, whatcha gonna do
    when they come for you
    Bad bugs, bad bugs
    Watcha gonna do, watcha gonna do
    when they come for you

  38. Rich Rifkin

    Yolo County would be much better off if we emphasized our agricultural heritage, rather than our law enforcement officers on TV.

    Maybe the DA can work out a deal with the producers of the program that slightly changed the name of the show. Instead of “Cops,” let’s go with, “Crops.” Of course, the song would change, as well:

    Bad bugs bad bugs
    Watcha gonna do, whatcha gonna do
    when they come for you
    Bad bugs, bad bugs
    Watcha gonna do, watcha gonna do
    when they come for you

  39. Rich Rifkin

    Yolo County would be much better off if we emphasized our agricultural heritage, rather than our law enforcement officers on TV.

    Maybe the DA can work out a deal with the producers of the program that slightly changed the name of the show. Instead of “Cops,” let’s go with, “Crops.” Of course, the song would change, as well:

    Bad bugs bad bugs
    Watcha gonna do, whatcha gonna do
    when they come for you
    Bad bugs, bad bugs
    Watcha gonna do, watcha gonna do
    when they come for you

  40. Rich Rifkin

    Yolo County would be much better off if we emphasized our agricultural heritage, rather than our law enforcement officers on TV.

    Maybe the DA can work out a deal with the producers of the program that slightly changed the name of the show. Instead of “Cops,” let’s go with, “Crops.” Of course, the song would change, as well:

    Bad bugs bad bugs
    Watcha gonna do, whatcha gonna do
    when they come for you
    Bad bugs, bad bugs
    Watcha gonna do, watcha gonna do
    when they come for you

  41. Don Shor

    Bad bugs bad bugs
    Watcha gonna do, whatcha gonna do
    when they come for you
    Bad bugs, bad bugs
    Watcha gonna do, watcha gonna do
    when they come for you

    A reality show featuring the Ag Commissioner’s pursuit of the glassy-winged sharpshooter — now THAT would be interesting.

  42. Don Shor

    Bad bugs bad bugs
    Watcha gonna do, whatcha gonna do
    when they come for you
    Bad bugs, bad bugs
    Watcha gonna do, watcha gonna do
    when they come for you

    A reality show featuring the Ag Commissioner’s pursuit of the glassy-winged sharpshooter — now THAT would be interesting.

  43. Don Shor

    Bad bugs bad bugs
    Watcha gonna do, whatcha gonna do
    when they come for you
    Bad bugs, bad bugs
    Watcha gonna do, watcha gonna do
    when they come for you

    A reality show featuring the Ag Commissioner’s pursuit of the glassy-winged sharpshooter — now THAT would be interesting.

  44. Don Shor

    Bad bugs bad bugs
    Watcha gonna do, whatcha gonna do
    when they come for you
    Bad bugs, bad bugs
    Watcha gonna do, watcha gonna do
    when they come for you

    A reality show featuring the Ag Commissioner’s pursuit of the glassy-winged sharpshooter — now THAT would be interesting.

  45. Anonymous

    I believe that everyone, who is not blurred out, on the show signs a release, giving their permission. I saw a “behind the scenes” type show on “Cops” where the producers and cameramen were astounded by the willingness of people to sign the release. I think there is a real concern about those who lack the mental capacity to make a decision like that, but if a criminal wants his 15 minutes of fame and signs the release, then its all good. We have to allow people the right to choose even if it seems really dumb.

    Is the department paid for their time? Are the individuals involved paid like extras for their appearance on the show?

  46. Anonymous

    I believe that everyone, who is not blurred out, on the show signs a release, giving their permission. I saw a “behind the scenes” type show on “Cops” where the producers and cameramen were astounded by the willingness of people to sign the release. I think there is a real concern about those who lack the mental capacity to make a decision like that, but if a criminal wants his 15 minutes of fame and signs the release, then its all good. We have to allow people the right to choose even if it seems really dumb.

    Is the department paid for their time? Are the individuals involved paid like extras for their appearance on the show?

  47. Anonymous

    I believe that everyone, who is not blurred out, on the show signs a release, giving their permission. I saw a “behind the scenes” type show on “Cops” where the producers and cameramen were astounded by the willingness of people to sign the release. I think there is a real concern about those who lack the mental capacity to make a decision like that, but if a criminal wants his 15 minutes of fame and signs the release, then its all good. We have to allow people the right to choose even if it seems really dumb.

    Is the department paid for their time? Are the individuals involved paid like extras for their appearance on the show?

  48. Anonymous

    I believe that everyone, who is not blurred out, on the show signs a release, giving their permission. I saw a “behind the scenes” type show on “Cops” where the producers and cameramen were astounded by the willingness of people to sign the release. I think there is a real concern about those who lack the mental capacity to make a decision like that, but if a criminal wants his 15 minutes of fame and signs the release, then its all good. We have to allow people the right to choose even if it seems really dumb.

    Is the department paid for their time? Are the individuals involved paid like extras for their appearance on the show?

  49. Rich Rifkin

    “We have to allow people the right to choose even if it seems really dumb.”

    I haven’t watched “Cops” for years. However, what always amazed me on that show was how incredibly stupid the people were who were pulled over for moving violations, when the cops would ask them, “Okay if I search your vehicle?” Inevitably, the car would be loaded with dope, or illegal guns or a dead girlfriend. “Sure, go ahead, search my car.”

    Even though I’ve never had illegal drugs or guns or a corpse in my car, I’d never let a cop search my car without a warrant. “Are yoiu aware of the 4th Amendment, officer?” From what I recall from “Cops,” there never seemed to be any good reason for a judge to issue a search warrant in the cases where the morons would say, “Go ahead — just don’t look in the trunk, that’s where I’ve got 400 pounds of black tar heroin.”

  50. Rich Rifkin

    “We have to allow people the right to choose even if it seems really dumb.”

    I haven’t watched “Cops” for years. However, what always amazed me on that show was how incredibly stupid the people were who were pulled over for moving violations, when the cops would ask them, “Okay if I search your vehicle?” Inevitably, the car would be loaded with dope, or illegal guns or a dead girlfriend. “Sure, go ahead, search my car.”

    Even though I’ve never had illegal drugs or guns or a corpse in my car, I’d never let a cop search my car without a warrant. “Are yoiu aware of the 4th Amendment, officer?” From what I recall from “Cops,” there never seemed to be any good reason for a judge to issue a search warrant in the cases where the morons would say, “Go ahead — just don’t look in the trunk, that’s where I’ve got 400 pounds of black tar heroin.”

  51. Rich Rifkin

    “We have to allow people the right to choose even if it seems really dumb.”

    I haven’t watched “Cops” for years. However, what always amazed me on that show was how incredibly stupid the people were who were pulled over for moving violations, when the cops would ask them, “Okay if I search your vehicle?” Inevitably, the car would be loaded with dope, or illegal guns or a dead girlfriend. “Sure, go ahead, search my car.”

    Even though I’ve never had illegal drugs or guns or a corpse in my car, I’d never let a cop search my car without a warrant. “Are yoiu aware of the 4th Amendment, officer?” From what I recall from “Cops,” there never seemed to be any good reason for a judge to issue a search warrant in the cases where the morons would say, “Go ahead — just don’t look in the trunk, that’s where I’ve got 400 pounds of black tar heroin.”

  52. Rich Rifkin

    “We have to allow people the right to choose even if it seems really dumb.”

    I haven’t watched “Cops” for years. However, what always amazed me on that show was how incredibly stupid the people were who were pulled over for moving violations, when the cops would ask them, “Okay if I search your vehicle?” Inevitably, the car would be loaded with dope, or illegal guns or a dead girlfriend. “Sure, go ahead, search my car.”

    Even though I’ve never had illegal drugs or guns or a corpse in my car, I’d never let a cop search my car without a warrant. “Are yoiu aware of the 4th Amendment, officer?” From what I recall from “Cops,” there never seemed to be any good reason for a judge to issue a search warrant in the cases where the morons would say, “Go ahead — just don’t look in the trunk, that’s where I’ve got 400 pounds of black tar heroin.”

  53. tansey thomas

    rich rifkin said “Yolo County would be much better off if we emphasized our agricultural heritage, rather than our law enforcement officers on TV…Yolo County would be much better off if we emphasized our agricultural heritage,…”Instead of “Cops,” let’s go with, “Crops.” …Of course, the song would change, as well:Bad bugs bad bugs, whatcha gonna do when they come for you?”

    Rich, you are absolutely hilarious. I didn’t know you had a sense of humor. Of course the guys want their chance to tell their stories of bad men and worthless women.

  54. tansey thomas

    rich rifkin said “Yolo County would be much better off if we emphasized our agricultural heritage, rather than our law enforcement officers on TV…Yolo County would be much better off if we emphasized our agricultural heritage,…”Instead of “Cops,” let’s go with, “Crops.” …Of course, the song would change, as well:Bad bugs bad bugs, whatcha gonna do when they come for you?”

    Rich, you are absolutely hilarious. I didn’t know you had a sense of humor. Of course the guys want their chance to tell their stories of bad men and worthless women.

  55. tansey thomas

    rich rifkin said “Yolo County would be much better off if we emphasized our agricultural heritage, rather than our law enforcement officers on TV…Yolo County would be much better off if we emphasized our agricultural heritage,…”Instead of “Cops,” let’s go with, “Crops.” …Of course, the song would change, as well:Bad bugs bad bugs, whatcha gonna do when they come for you?”

    Rich, you are absolutely hilarious. I didn’t know you had a sense of humor. Of course the guys want their chance to tell their stories of bad men and worthless women.

  56. tansey thomas

    rich rifkin said “Yolo County would be much better off if we emphasized our agricultural heritage, rather than our law enforcement officers on TV…Yolo County would be much better off if we emphasized our agricultural heritage,…”Instead of “Cops,” let’s go with, “Crops.” …Of course, the song would change, as well:Bad bugs bad bugs, whatcha gonna do when they come for you?”

    Rich, you are absolutely hilarious. I didn’t know you had a sense of humor. Of course the guys want their chance to tell their stories of bad men and worthless women.

  57. 無名 - wu ming

    maybe they could provide all the raw footage to both the yolo cops show and the HRC or an equivalent, and let both sides make shows back-to-back editing the material.

    that is, assuming that the same cops that have strangely malfunctioning cameras every time they pull over black motorists can make the cameras work for the show.

  58. 無名 - wu ming

    maybe they could provide all the raw footage to both the yolo cops show and the HRC or an equivalent, and let both sides make shows back-to-back editing the material.

    that is, assuming that the same cops that have strangely malfunctioning cameras every time they pull over black motorists can make the cameras work for the show.

  59. 無名 - wu ming

    maybe they could provide all the raw footage to both the yolo cops show and the HRC or an equivalent, and let both sides make shows back-to-back editing the material.

    that is, assuming that the same cops that have strangely malfunctioning cameras every time they pull over black motorists can make the cameras work for the show.

  60. 無名 - wu ming

    maybe they could provide all the raw footage to both the yolo cops show and the HRC or an equivalent, and let both sides make shows back-to-back editing the material.

    that is, assuming that the same cops that have strangely malfunctioning cameras every time they pull over black motorists can make the cameras work for the show.

  61. Anonymous

    Sometimes the jokes write themselves! Watching our local cops and DA’s try to look like movie stars will be fun. “Yolo 5-0” “Yolo 911”??

    The Woodland “Daily Disappointment” said that the show’s producer will not give final control to Rocky and Bullwinkel. Oh, really? Well, check it out – the “producer” Scott Hervey and Riesig graduated from law school together. How fair will this show be??? Who will get “fair treatment”???????

    How much did this”producer” give to the Reisig and Prieto campaigns to buy his way into this show?

    The Democrat’s story…..
    “Either Hollywood is running out of actors or Yolo County is a breeding ground for up-and-coming thespians. In either case, Yolo County Sheriff Ed Prieto and Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig could be the stars of a new reality show.
    However, the Yolo County Board of Supervisors still has a few questions before the cameras start rolling.

    The reality-based show, which is still untitled, will focus on the criminal justice system in Yolo County and will be produced by Pilgrim Operations, the same team that brought to the airwaves “Real Stories of the Highway Patrol,” “Survivor,” “American Chopper” and “I Want to Be a Hilton.”

    “This is not a sensational COPS-like show,” Scott Hervey, executive producer of the show assured the board of supervisors at Tuesday’s meeting. “(It) focuses on people and compelling story-lines.”

    While Prieto said that neither he nor Reisig had anything to do with attracting the production company to Yolo County, they are both supporting the show’s intention to film a pilot episode with the hopes of filming subsequent episodes locally.

    “We will not be portrayed in a negative light,” Prieto said, adding that the show’s presence in the county will most likely have many positive effects.

    Reisig agrees.

    ” I think it highlights the good work that Yolo County law enforcement does (and) … it would assist us in long term recruiting,” Reisig said. “I (also) think it would be informative (to) the public.”

    While most of the supervisors were not against the idea, some still had questions about the effect of filming a reality show in the county.

    Supervisor Helen Thomson said she’s concerned about confidentiality issues regarding mentally ill offenders who might be filmed.

    “I applaud the creativity, but I think there are a lot more questions I want answered before I sign off on this thing today,” she said.

    Supervisor Matt Rexroad said his previous concerns regarding liability have mostly been alleviated. However, he wants to make sure that county counsel would be able to stop something from airing that might shed negative light on the county.

    Hervey responded, saying while county officials will be able to pre-screen the episodes, they will not have the ultimate authority to veto the airing of an episode.

    “That is not a contractual element that we can put down on paper,” Herger said.

    Supervisor Duane Chamberlain said he likes the idea of a show being filmed in Yolo County, citing the good time he had when the film crew for “The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle” movie came to town several years ago.

    With lingering questions regarding the benefits of filming a reality show within the county, the board voted unanimously to continue the discussion on April 3. “

    Ok, so discuss it.

  62. Anonymous

    Sometimes the jokes write themselves! Watching our local cops and DA’s try to look like movie stars will be fun. “Yolo 5-0” “Yolo 911”??

    The Woodland “Daily Disappointment” said that the show’s producer will not give final control to Rocky and Bullwinkel. Oh, really? Well, check it out – the “producer” Scott Hervey and Riesig graduated from law school together. How fair will this show be??? Who will get “fair treatment”???????

    How much did this”producer” give to the Reisig and Prieto campaigns to buy his way into this show?

    The Democrat’s story…..
    “Either Hollywood is running out of actors or Yolo County is a breeding ground for up-and-coming thespians. In either case, Yolo County Sheriff Ed Prieto and Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig could be the stars of a new reality show.
    However, the Yolo County Board of Supervisors still has a few questions before the cameras start rolling.

    The reality-based show, which is still untitled, will focus on the criminal justice system in Yolo County and will be produced by Pilgrim Operations, the same team that brought to the airwaves “Real Stories of the Highway Patrol,” “Survivor,” “American Chopper” and “I Want to Be a Hilton.”

    “This is not a sensational COPS-like show,” Scott Hervey, executive producer of the show assured the board of supervisors at Tuesday’s meeting. “(It) focuses on people and compelling story-lines.”

    While Prieto said that neither he nor Reisig had anything to do with attracting the production company to Yolo County, they are both supporting the show’s intention to film a pilot episode with the hopes of filming subsequent episodes locally.

    “We will not be portrayed in a negative light,” Prieto said, adding that the show’s presence in the county will most likely have many positive effects.

    Reisig agrees.

    ” I think it highlights the good work that Yolo County law enforcement does (and) … it would assist us in long term recruiting,” Reisig said. “I (also) think it would be informative (to) the public.”

    While most of the supervisors were not against the idea, some still had questions about the effect of filming a reality show in the county.

    Supervisor Helen Thomson said she’s concerned about confidentiality issues regarding mentally ill offenders who might be filmed.

    “I applaud the creativity, but I think there are a lot more questions I want answered before I sign off on this thing today,” she said.

    Supervisor Matt Rexroad said his previous concerns regarding liability have mostly been alleviated. However, he wants to make sure that county counsel would be able to stop something from airing that might shed negative light on the county.

    Hervey responded, saying while county officials will be able to pre-screen the episodes, they will not have the ultimate authority to veto the airing of an episode.

    “That is not a contractual element that we can put down on paper,” Herger said.

    Supervisor Duane Chamberlain said he likes the idea of a show being filmed in Yolo County, citing the good time he had when the film crew for “The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle” movie came to town several years ago.

    With lingering questions regarding the benefits of filming a reality show within the county, the board voted unanimously to continue the discussion on April 3. “

    Ok, so discuss it.

  63. Anonymous

    Sometimes the jokes write themselves! Watching our local cops and DA’s try to look like movie stars will be fun. “Yolo 5-0” “Yolo 911”??

    The Woodland “Daily Disappointment” said that the show’s producer will not give final control to Rocky and Bullwinkel. Oh, really? Well, check it out – the “producer” Scott Hervey and Riesig graduated from law school together. How fair will this show be??? Who will get “fair treatment”???????

    How much did this”producer” give to the Reisig and Prieto campaigns to buy his way into this show?

    The Democrat’s story…..
    “Either Hollywood is running out of actors or Yolo County is a breeding ground for up-and-coming thespians. In either case, Yolo County Sheriff Ed Prieto and Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig could be the stars of a new reality show.
    However, the Yolo County Board of Supervisors still has a few questions before the cameras start rolling.

    The reality-based show, which is still untitled, will focus on the criminal justice system in Yolo County and will be produced by Pilgrim Operations, the same team that brought to the airwaves “Real Stories of the Highway Patrol,” “Survivor,” “American Chopper” and “I Want to Be a Hilton.”

    “This is not a sensational COPS-like show,” Scott Hervey, executive producer of the show assured the board of supervisors at Tuesday’s meeting. “(It) focuses on people and compelling story-lines.”

    While Prieto said that neither he nor Reisig had anything to do with attracting the production company to Yolo County, they are both supporting the show’s intention to film a pilot episode with the hopes of filming subsequent episodes locally.

    “We will not be portrayed in a negative light,” Prieto said, adding that the show’s presence in the county will most likely have many positive effects.

    Reisig agrees.

    ” I think it highlights the good work that Yolo County law enforcement does (and) … it would assist us in long term recruiting,” Reisig said. “I (also) think it would be informative (to) the public.”

    While most of the supervisors were not against the idea, some still had questions about the effect of filming a reality show in the county.

    Supervisor Helen Thomson said she’s concerned about confidentiality issues regarding mentally ill offenders who might be filmed.

    “I applaud the creativity, but I think there are a lot more questions I want answered before I sign off on this thing today,” she said.

    Supervisor Matt Rexroad said his previous concerns regarding liability have mostly been alleviated. However, he wants to make sure that county counsel would be able to stop something from airing that might shed negative light on the county.

    Hervey responded, saying while county officials will be able to pre-screen the episodes, they will not have the ultimate authority to veto the airing of an episode.

    “That is not a contractual element that we can put down on paper,” Herger said.

    Supervisor Duane Chamberlain said he likes the idea of a show being filmed in Yolo County, citing the good time he had when the film crew for “The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle” movie came to town several years ago.

    With lingering questions regarding the benefits of filming a reality show within the county, the board voted unanimously to continue the discussion on April 3. “

    Ok, so discuss it.

  64. Anonymous

    Sometimes the jokes write themselves! Watching our local cops and DA’s try to look like movie stars will be fun. “Yolo 5-0” “Yolo 911”??

    The Woodland “Daily Disappointment” said that the show’s producer will not give final control to Rocky and Bullwinkel. Oh, really? Well, check it out – the “producer” Scott Hervey and Riesig graduated from law school together. How fair will this show be??? Who will get “fair treatment”???????

    How much did this”producer” give to the Reisig and Prieto campaigns to buy his way into this show?

    The Democrat’s story…..
    “Either Hollywood is running out of actors or Yolo County is a breeding ground for up-and-coming thespians. In either case, Yolo County Sheriff Ed Prieto and Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig could be the stars of a new reality show.
    However, the Yolo County Board of Supervisors still has a few questions before the cameras start rolling.

    The reality-based show, which is still untitled, will focus on the criminal justice system in Yolo County and will be produced by Pilgrim Operations, the same team that brought to the airwaves “Real Stories of the Highway Patrol,” “Survivor,” “American Chopper” and “I Want to Be a Hilton.”

    “This is not a sensational COPS-like show,” Scott Hervey, executive producer of the show assured the board of supervisors at Tuesday’s meeting. “(It) focuses on people and compelling story-lines.”

    While Prieto said that neither he nor Reisig had anything to do with attracting the production company to Yolo County, they are both supporting the show’s intention to film a pilot episode with the hopes of filming subsequent episodes locally.

    “We will not be portrayed in a negative light,” Prieto said, adding that the show’s presence in the county will most likely have many positive effects.

    Reisig agrees.

    ” I think it highlights the good work that Yolo County law enforcement does (and) … it would assist us in long term recruiting,” Reisig said. “I (also) think it would be informative (to) the public.”

    While most of the supervisors were not against the idea, some still had questions about the effect of filming a reality show in the county.

    Supervisor Helen Thomson said she’s concerned about confidentiality issues regarding mentally ill offenders who might be filmed.

    “I applaud the creativity, but I think there are a lot more questions I want answered before I sign off on this thing today,” she said.

    Supervisor Matt Rexroad said his previous concerns regarding liability have mostly been alleviated. However, he wants to make sure that county counsel would be able to stop something from airing that might shed negative light on the county.

    Hervey responded, saying while county officials will be able to pre-screen the episodes, they will not have the ultimate authority to veto the airing of an episode.

    “That is not a contractual element that we can put down on paper,” Herger said.

    Supervisor Duane Chamberlain said he likes the idea of a show being filmed in Yolo County, citing the good time he had when the film crew for “The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle” movie came to town several years ago.

    With lingering questions regarding the benefits of filming a reality show within the county, the board voted unanimously to continue the discussion on April 3. “

    Ok, so discuss it.

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