"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" will attempt to handle police brutality and the death of George Floyd.
NBC’s Law & Order: Special Victims Unit will tackle police brutality, the death of George Floyd, and the nationwide anti-police protests in the show's upcoming season.
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Executive producer Warren Leight explained the show's plans on The Hollywood Reporter's TV’s Top 5 podcast.
“There are ways, we will find our way in to tell the story,” Leight told listeners. “Presumably our cops will still be trying to do the right thing but it’s going to be harder for them and they’re going to understand why it’s hard for them.”
Leight added that the show has “tried really hard in the last year to show how class and race affect the outcomes of justice in society," but admits that “‘really hard’ wasn’t enough."
“This has to be a moment where people make themselves uncomfortable — where people in power have to make themselves uncomfortable,” he said.
Floyd died on May 25 after police officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee into Floyd's neck for over eight minutes. Charges have been filed against Chauvin and the rest of the officers involved in Floyd's arrest.
Law & Order: Special VictimsUnit began airing in 1999 as a spin-off of Law & Order, and has been a staple of NBC's lineup since.