A Broward County, Fla., judge is reviewing contracts for four Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies because officials want to know if they received payments to arrest people while filming TLC’s reality series Police Women of Broward County, which has previously been accused of paying people who were arrested in order to get them to sign releases.
The Sun Sentinel reported that officials are looking into whether “the women are being paid to ‘manufacture arrests’ that may appear on the TV show, and whether show business is influencing them while they’re enforcing the law.” A judge now has the contracts although “Discovery Communications had previously tried to keep the deals confidential, citing trade secrets in a highly competitive industry.”
Earlier, the paper said that assistant Public Defender Gordon Weekes and “his colleagues have sought the TV contracts for the four deputies who star on the TV show. They want to find out whether there are performance incentives that may have led to bias in arrests in seven different cases,” according to the Sun Sentinel.
In March, the Sun Sentinel reported that victims were “upset about their treatment by deputies connected to the show while a number of suspects have complained about what they say is pressure put on them to sign release forms.”
Back then, a producer was fired, according to Sheriff Al Lamberti, who “confronted show representatives with information obtained by the Sun Sentinel that a suspect and his girlfriend were paid money to help the suspect bond out of jail in exchange for signing release forms.”