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The Show COPS. Why? And Who Watches It?  
User currently offlineAR385 From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 6202 posts, RR: 30
Posted (1 year 6 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 2879 times:
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I get COPS every day on a variety of channels and I never watch it, unless I there is nothing else on TV. My question to the American members here is: Do you watch it? Is there any real reality to it? Who watches it?

Is there such heterogeinity in police derpatments across the US? The shows I find particulary disturbing is when they show the New Orleans PD. The LVPD is always a lot better.


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User currently offlinePHX787 From Japan, joined Mar 2012, 7560 posts, RR: 18
Reply 1, posted (1 year 6 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 2869 times:

Quoting AR385 (Thread starter):
I get COPS every day on a variety of channels and I never watch it, unless I there is nothing else on TV. My question to the American members here is: Do you watch it? Is there any real reality to it? Who watches it?

If it's on when I turn on the TV i'll watch it. I like it, especially the episodes filmed in cincy and in PHX. It shows you how much work these people have cut out for them.



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User currently offlinejetblueguy22 From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 2796 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (1 year 6 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 2850 times:
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I'll watch it occasionally if there is nothing else on. Sometimes it's funny to see what these people do and say to try and avoid arrest. It's sad what people do when they are on some strong drugs. Although I'll never forget watching one episode where they tasered a guy and he kept going. Had to hit him again to bring him down. He was one big dude!
Pat



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User currently offlineiowaman From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4398 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (1 year 6 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2821 times:
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I watch this show occasionally depending on what else is on and whether it's a rerun I've seen a lot. It is neat to see the old episodes and old police cars compared to the new episodes. There's some old episodes in Philadelphia where the officers run around town during the night shift picking up wounded and rush them to a patty wagon for transport to the hospital as quickly as possible. That's something that probably wouldn't happen now.

The other thing I like about COPS is it is all real, although they do add sound effects. No staging and fake crime scenes, real taping as it happens.



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User currently offlineFlighty From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 8528 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (1 year 6 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2809 times:

Quoting iowaman (Reply 3):
The other thing I like about COPS is it is all real, although they do add sound effects. No staging and fake crime scenes, real taping as it happens.

Yes, it is one of the original reality shows! Never thought about it until you mentioned that.


User currently offlineDeltaMD90 From United States of America, joined Apr 2008, 7905 posts, RR: 51
Reply 5, posted (1 year 6 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2805 times:

Quoting jetblueguy22 (Reply 2):
I'll watch it occasionally if there is nothing else on
Quoting iowaman (Reply 3):
I watch this show occasionally depending on what else is on

Same here, it's funny and sad at the same time. Some of those people are completely ridiculous. I especially like the "oh I don't know how the drugs got in my pocket" line



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User currently offlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15739 posts, RR: 27
Reply 6, posted (1 year 6 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2798 times:

Quoting AR385 (Thread starter):
Do you watch it?

Sometimes, and I'll admit to having memorized the voiceovers at the beginning. My dad watches it religiously every Saturday.

Quoting AR385 (Thread starter):
Is there any real reality to it?

Sadly, yes. What you get is a direct look into white trash America: drooping pants, drug use, general idiocy, etc.

Quoting AR385 (Thread starter):
The shows I find particulary disturbing is when they show the New Orleans PD.

New Orleans has some very bad places, although this might be less since Katrina. Supposedly some of the thugs left during the storm and never came back and become someone else's problem. I have heard that there are places there where the cops just won't go because it's unsafe.



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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39873 posts, RR: 74
Reply 7, posted (1 year 6 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2773 times:

I'm not a fan of the show. I don't find other people's misery or mistakes entertaining at all.
Although I did find the car/truck chase very amusing.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qi4Wf_y86Yc



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User currently onlineandrej From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 935 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (1 year 6 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2745 times:

When I used to volunteer at my local rescue squad on Saturday nights, we watched that show for fun.NY area FOX was airing new shows on Saturday nights(if I remember it was at 8pm).    But we were often out of the building by then, so we rarely have seen a full episode.

As you never know when a call comes, it was OK to pass the time. We that or watch movies on DVD. And you would be surprised how often we had similar experiences in the filed. You truly can not make this stuff up! 

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User currently offlineMD-90 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 8507 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (1 year 6 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2686 times:

By far the best episode ever of COPS was the X-Files episode that featured Mulder and Scully investigating alongside the COPS TV show crew. It was a pretty funny episode (doable since both were Fox shows).

User currently offlineflymia From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7174 posts, RR: 9
Reply 10, posted (1 year 6 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2679 times:

I don't watch it much. I prefer a show like the first 48 but when nothing else is on I might watch a bit. I usually enjoy the older episodes with the older police cars like the mid 90s caprices or the late 80s chryslers. Especially the episodes where there is no computer in the car or some very old green screen type one.

A funny show is Campus PD where they follow officers only on university campuses a lot of drunk idiots which IMO is funny.



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User currently offlineluv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12110 posts, RR: 48
Reply 11, posted (1 year 6 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2679 times:
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It is my guilty pleasure.


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User currently offlineAF1624 From France, joined Jul 2006, 659 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (1 year 6 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2647 times:

I watch it sometimes when I just want to go "oh... Americans".

Kiddiiiiing. It is entertaining sometimes.

BUT, there is a new reality show, following real life Boston cops. I've seen the first episode last week and that was really good. I don't remember what it was called, but it was excellent because it's basically following cops in their day to day lives, whether good or bad, whether there's a lot of movement or not. Really, realistic, and not overly dramatic.

It is shown by the same channel that shows Southland. In fact it's just before Southland. (oh and Southland too is an awesome TV show).



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User currently offlineCalebWilliams From United States of America, joined Dec 2008, 315 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (1 year 6 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2625 times:

I love COPS. I think mostly because it gives me motivation to never been in the positions that most people are in on COPS. I don't be the one on the other end of the lens of the domestic violence, drug, person with a gun call and just general drunken behavior.


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User currently offlinebok269 From United States of America, joined May 2007, 2105 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (1 year 6 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2596 times:

Quoting iowaman (Reply 3):
I watch this show occasionally depending on what else is on and whether it's a rerun I've seen a lot. It is neat to see the old episodes and old police cars compared to the new episodes. There's some old episodes in Philadelphia where the officers run around town during the night shift picking up wounded and rush them to a patty wagon for transport to the hospital as quickly as possible. That's something that probably wouldn't happen now.

Believe it or not that's actually still protocol in Philly and some other major cities-patients with penetrating trauma need to get to the OR as quickly as possible. Waiting for EMS to arrive delays the process, so some cities authorize their PDs to transport gunshots and stabbings to the hospital. This is backed by medical literature as well.



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User currently offlineiowaman From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4398 posts, RR: 6
Reply 15, posted (1 year 6 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2566 times:
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Quoting bok269 (Reply 14):

Believe it or not that's actually still protocol in Philly and some other major cities-patients with penetrating trauma need to get to the OR as quickly as possible. Waiting for EMS to arrive delays the process, so some cities authorize their PDs to transport gunshots and stabbings to the hospital. This is backed by medical literature as well.

Very interesting, I would have thought there would be liability issues with the police transporting patients. There is a little risk of not putting on a neck brace for example and moving the patient, but of course with gun shot and stabbing victims there is probably not much for spinal injuries and getting them to the OR as you said quickly is probably worth it.



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User currently offlineGSPflyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2010, 369 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (1 year 6 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2548 times:

I'm definitely a fan of the show.

Quoting DeltaMD90 (Reply 5):
"oh I don't know how the drugs got in my pocket" line

"No officer, I swear, these are my friends' pants."

Quoting flymia (Reply 10):
A funny show is Campus PD where they follow officers only on university campuses a lot of drunk idiots which IMO is funny.

That's a good show too. The kids do some pretty funny things when they are drunk. I find it especially funny on the scenes where the cop says he won't do anything to the kids if they stop bothering him, but they just keep on and end up getting arrested.

Speaking of police shows, is anyone else a fan of Alaska State Troopers? It's one of my favorite shows on TV.


User currently offlineDeltaMD90 From United States of America, joined Apr 2008, 7905 posts, RR: 51
Reply 17, posted (1 year 6 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2546 times:

Quoting GSPflyer (Reply 16):
"No officer, I swear, these are my friends' pants."

Lol I considered putting that line down too



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User currently offlinejetblueguy22 From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 2796 posts, RR: 4
Reply 18, posted (1 year 6 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 2524 times:
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Quoting GSPflyer (Reply 16):
"No officer, I swear, these are my friends' pants."

It didn't work for me when my folks caught me with a case of beer in high school, not sure why they think it will work with crack on a cop!
Pat



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User currently offlineCalebWilliams From United States of America, joined Dec 2008, 315 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (1 year 6 months 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 2491 times:

Quoting GSPflyer (Reply 16):
Speaking of police shows, is anyone else a fan of Alaska State Troopers? It's one of my favorite shows on TV.

Watched that on Hulu. Good show. Loved the moose hunter stings.



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User currently offlinerfields5421 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 7607 posts, RR: 31
Reply 20, posted (1 year 6 months 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 2490 times:

Don't watch it, but the show does educate people about the way a police officer's day can suddenly turn from routine to deadly in a second.

We also have to remember that for every hour shown on the show - there are many, many more hours that are boring and nothing to show. Once in Dallas they interviewed one of the shot camera men for local news. He complained about how dull the 'action' was and how many hours they wasted with nothing worth filming.

I guess they didn't ride with the right officers.

Quoting AR385 (Thread starter):
Is there such heterogeinity in police derpatments across the US? The shows I find particulary disturbing is when they show the New Orleans PD.

A police department is a reflection of the population it protects. The membership tends to be a bit behind the latest population trends, but not terribly different.

The show also hi-lights the worst possible view of a city much of the time. Folks don't want to watch the routine patrols in a very high end neighborhood where nothing much happens.


User currently offlineRevelation From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 12529 posts, RR: 25
Reply 21, posted (1 year 6 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 2435 times:

I used to watch it.

Problem was too many re-runs of the same show.

They've got 20 or so years to pick from and it still seems they'd rerun the same subset of the shows.

Quoting DeltaMD90 (Reply 5):
Same here, it's funny and sad at the same time. Some of those people are completely ridiculous. I especially like the "oh I don't know how the drugs got in my pocket" line
Quoting GSPflyer (Reply 16):
is anyone else a fan of Alaska State Troopers?

The last AST I watched, the dude said "I honestly thought I went to court and took care of that warrant"...

Life's gotta be pretty messed up if you "honestly" can't keep track of your court appearances.



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User currently offlineRussianJet From Belgium, joined Jul 2007, 7703 posts, RR: 21
Reply 22, posted (1 year 6 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 2431 times:
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It's a pretty interesting programme. I like being able to compare the way the cops work to the UK way of doing things. I am not so interested in seeing other people's misery and mistakes per se, but without that we wouldn't see the cops working as they do.


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User currently offlinecjg225 From United States of America, joined Feb 2013, 830 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (1 year 6 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 2424 times:

Wait, COPS is still on!?!?


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User currently offlineCalebWilliams From United States of America, joined Dec 2008, 315 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (1 year 6 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2411 times:

Quoting cjg225 (Reply 23):

Wait, COPS is still on!?!?

It doesn't seem to be new as often as it used to, but it should be on between 8 and 9 pm Eastern on FOX on Saturdays. The first half-hour show is new, the second is rerun from earlier in the season.

One of my favorite episodes of COPS is when they came to MSP and they were driving around to different areas of the city I had been to before.



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User currently offlineEmiratesA345 From Canada, joined Jun 2003, 2123 posts, RR: 8
Reply 25, posted (1 year 6 months 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2412 times:

Quoting GSPflyer (Reply 16):
Speaking of police shows, is anyone else a fan of Alaska State Troopers?

This is definitely one of my favourite shows as well and anyone who enjoys COPS, should definitely check out Alaska State Troopers. The way they work and how they handle situations is usually very interesting considering the terrain around them.

-Mark



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User currently offlineMudboy From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 1167 posts, RR: 5
Reply 26, posted (1 year 6 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2401 times:

I did not even know that was still on TV? My old Captain in Special Ops (SWAT) was on there years ago, when he got shot. He rolled up on a guy that had just robbed a bank and they exchanged fire through the windshield. He didn't even realize he had been shot in the chest, until he pulled his cigarettes out of his front pocket and they had blood on them?.
The bad guy he shot was in the ambulance and they just jumped in a car and halled-ass to the ER. I forgot all about that until I saw this post.


User currently offlineMaverick623 From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 5638 posts, RR: 6
Reply 27, posted (1 year 6 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2395 times:

I'm one of those that tunes in every week... guilty pleasure...

Quoting cjg225 (Reply 23):
Wait, COPS is still on!?!?

Barely. They get preempted more often than not... I was honestly surprised to see a Season 25, although word on the street is that this will be the last new season.

Quoting EmiratesA345 (Reply 25):
and anyone who enjoys COPS, should definitely check out Alaska State Troopers.

  

For fictional stuff, Southland is a great TV show. A lot of the stuff they use is lifted directly off of various COPS segments, especially the funny clips.



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User currently offlineMD-90 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 8507 posts, RR: 12
Reply 28, posted (1 year 6 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2337 times:

And one of the catchiest theme songs in all of TV history.

User currently offlinecompensateme From United States of America, joined Jan 2009, 1186 posts, RR: 0
Reply 29, posted (1 year 6 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2335 times:

It attracts small audiences -- some are probably dedicated fans, but most watch it because nothing else interesting is on. It survived because it's cheap to produce, is cheap to acquire syndication rights and attracts just enough viewers to make it worth while. Most channels that air it -- both local antenna & cable -- typically use it to plug holes in their schedule ... which is why it often airs beyond midnight, or on weekends. G4 and truTV are the last two channels to faithfully air it in the USA, and when G4 transitions to Esquire Channel soon, it probably will be dropped.

Due to a record-low number of programs being offered for syndication this fall, FOX is offering a new version of COPS, called COPS Reloaded: "It's such an iconic brand and after 20 years in syndication, we felt there were a lot of things we could do to freshen up, reenergize, recreate the show, while still keeping the things that the COPS viewers love about the show. Every episode will be re-edited. Different segments will have the best chases, funniest and wildest criminals, or the show's craziest moments in the show, but it will retain that great COPS storytelling," said John Langley, COPS's creator and executive producer.

"I think COPS will be in syndication forever."

http://www.broadcastingcable.com/art...ot_COPS_Reloaded_in_80_of_U_S_.php



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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39873 posts, RR: 74
Reply 30, posted (1 year 6 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2322 times:

Quoting MD-90 (Reply 28):
And one of the catchiest theme songs in all of TV history.

Not even close. That award goes to Charlie's Angels, CHiPs and the Love Boat.
The song used in COPS has been around long before the TV show.



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User currently offlineTWA772LR From United States of America, joined Nov 2011, 2035 posts, RR: 1
Reply 31, posted (1 year 6 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2305 times:

Everyone loves COPS! It's a classic TV show that has been around forever and will stay for just as long! But sadly, I used to see it on TV frequently, and now I haven't seen it in years.


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User currently offlineKaiGywer From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 12250 posts, RR: 35
Reply 32, posted (1 year 6 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2279 times:
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Since my local Fox affiliate won't cooperate with DirecTV, I haven't seen Cops forever. It's kinda fun to watch at times, but is obviously as somebody mentioned a VERY small part of a day in a cop's life.

Quoting AF1624 (Reply 12):
BUT, there is a new reality show, following real life Boston cops. I've seen the first episode last week and that was really good. I don't remember what it was called, but it was excellent because it's basically following cops in their day to day lives, whether good or bad, whether there's a lot of movement or not. Really, realistic, and not overly dramatic.

Boston's Finest.

Quoting GSPflyer (Reply 16):
Speaking of police shows, is anyone else a fan of Alaska State Troopers? It's one of my favorite shows on TV.

Yeah I watch that one too  



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User currently onlineGoldenshield From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 6027 posts, RR: 14
Reply 33, posted (1 year 6 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 2052 times:

Quoting KaiGywer (Reply 32):
Since my local Fox affiliate won't cooperate with DirecTV, I haven't seen Cops forever. It's kinda fun to watch at times, but is obviously as somebody mentioned a VERY small part of a day in a cop's life.

*Cough* Hulu *Cough*

They will only show what's new from the current season. Usually, you'll only get 1 episode a week, but sometimes, you'll get 2.



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User currently offlineKaiGywer From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 12250 posts, RR: 35
Reply 34, posted (1 year 6 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2031 times:
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Quoting Goldenshield (Reply 33):
*Cough* Hulu *Cough*

Hulu Plus or free Hulu?



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User currently onlineGoldenshield From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 6027 posts, RR: 14
Reply 35, posted (1 year 6 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2016 times:

Quoting KaiGywer (Reply 34):
Hulu Plus or free Hulu?

Hulu Plus is next day. Without, it's delayed a week.



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User currently offlineSmithAir747 From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 1628 posts, RR: 28
Reply 36, posted (1 year 6 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 1990 times:

Do they have any episodes from Fort Wayne, IN? If so I would love to see them, as FWA is my hometown  

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User currently offline777ER From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 12145 posts, RR: 17
Reply 37, posted (1 year 6 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 1920 times:
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We get COPS here on the Crime channel on Sky TV but its always on at aweful times, enjoy watching it but do get tired of the frequent re-runs. When I'm in the USA its always nice to see new series.

Just wish we got Alaska State Troopers here


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Reply 38, posted (1 year 5 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 1765 times:

Quoting AR385 (Thread starter):
The LVPD is always a lot better.

I always knew that if they were in Las Vegas or here in Atlanta, we were in for a great episode. The guy the created Cops has a similar show that focuses on Las Vegas Metro PD called Vegas Strip that is always good for a few laughs (Every episode usually has drunk visitors doing something stupid and getting into trouble, a hooker or two getting busted, and usually something so strange that even the officers shake their heads.).


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