The First 48, which has documented many crime investigations in some of Miami’s inner city neighborhoods, has announced the Miami Police Department has officially cut ties with the popular reality show. The Miami PD has stated the show has and might be interfering with ongoing investigations. Also in the reasoning for conflict, the Miami PD wanted the show’s producers to donate $10,000 per episode to charity.
The show’s first two cases were in 2004, set in Coconut Grove and Little Havana. In all, 113 Miami cases have been featured on The First 48. Among the notable ones: the 2005 kidnap-torture-murder of Miami drug dealer Jesus Discua, the 2006 crossfire slaying of 9-year-old Sherdavia Jenkins in Liberty City, and the 2010 slaying of a state corrections officer and her 2-year-old son.
“The Miami detectives in many ways are a reflection of the city itself,” said Kim. “Miami is a very colorful city and the detectives tend to be much more open and demonstrative about their jobs, about their feelings and who they are. Also, it certainly helps that the setting is beautiful and sunny. There are not many other cities that look like Miami.”
Critics complain that the show focuses too much on African American neighborhoods, depicting them as lawless. They also say that distracts detectives from solving murders, reveals police investigative techniques and causes complications when cases go to criminal court.
“I felt they were shooting intimate detective work,” said victims rights advocate Queen Brown, who has often complained to elected leaders about The First 48. “I don’t want the criminal watching the TV program and knowing how he can beat the rap. I don’t see anything beneficial in the show.”