Is there copaganda?

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A form of propaganda used to describe depictions of police in a positive (or excessively positive) light while obscuring negative qualities.
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TV Show • 2013 Report
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mad_melody
In the early seasons there is a lot of copaganda, even if it's not necessarily outright. Notably, in S1Ep19, a cop uses on her cop friend a sound cannon like those used by cops against BLM protestors in the US, and this is treated as a harmless joke that she finds cool and fun. While there are lots of messages increasingly throughout the show on how to improve the police force, such as standing up against racial profiling in S4Ep16, it's still hard to deny that this show favourably depicts cops performing negative actions. It's even a common thing for cops in the 99 (particularly Jake) to break the rules, such as spying on and/or arresting 'suspects' before any proof or evidence is gathered, simply because the cops 'have a hunch,' and they almost always turn out to successfully solve and resolve crimes for having done this. However, it is worth saying that Season 8 has completely turned the show around to take a serious look at issues in the police force, such as addressing in S8Ep1 the now commom idea that there are no actual 'good cops' by nature of them just being in the police force (aka ACAB), and having an ongoing plot about the 99 combating an old white guy who helps cops avoid retribution for literally everything. The release of Season 8 was even delayed because the show scrapped the first few episodes in order to reflect on its messages in wake of the BLM movement that surged in 2020. Ultimately, this show is copaganda for how it routinely plays off amoral and illegal actions of the police force as jokes or being the right thing to have done in the end, but one can't deny that it's further ahead than other cop shows in regards to reflecting on issues in the police force and now actively working to improve it in the show. Still, this show isn't perfect, and it's 100% understandable that someone may wish to avoid any and all instances of copaganda.
Movie • 2016 Report
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ProfessorProcyon
Police are portrayed as the heroic characters in the movie, and it's sort of a central theme throughout.
Movie • 2022 Report
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revolucienary
There's a scene where it's noted that many of the city's cops are distinctly not corrupt and there is a heroic shot of them standing in a large group
TV Show • 2016 Report
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BizarrePenguin
While the show does not focus on it, there are some scenes where the chief of police is misusing its power and it is not clearly framed in a critical way and maybe even more for laughs.
TV Show • 2005 Report
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all main characters are fbi agents who work with the police, so yeah, but a surprising amount of episodes have a corrupt cop/security guard as the killer
Movie • 2023 Report
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JayByrd823
Yo Vanessa, a cop, is painted in a good and helpful light that is literally copaganda..
Movie • 2022 Report
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gayrat
Absolutely yes! The cops take credit for solving the crime despite them not doing a dang thing, lol, and the film never interrogates/questions that.
Movie • 2022 Report
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SillyStrawberry
One of the supportive characters is a Cop/Detective who helps.
TV Show • 2021 Report
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cielgee
The one sheriff in town is a hero in the story, but he also shares the horrible racial abuse from other cops he endured as a Muslim man, which led him to moving to the island.
Movie • 2021 Report
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tinylittlebug
The main cop is a black woman that fits every bad stereotype
TV Show • 2018 Report
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fernfieldart
It’s a cop show, the whole thing is copaganda. Police force is shown as mostly good with a few “bad eggs” but even then one of the main characters is viewed as good while showing clear signs of racism.
Movie • 1991 Report
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TV Show • 2005 Report
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OneirosDream
Basically, any time Booth gets mad at a suspect the audience is supposed to loathe and want to see hit.
TV Show • 2011 Report
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413X
A central character in the first season is a police officer and painted in a good light
TV Show Report
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TheLittlestTeacup
Yes, and lots of it since it is a cop show. However I will say there is acknowledgement of corruption and a decent amount of nuance. Still copaganda tho so watch out
TV Show • 2019 Report
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cha0ticneutralsys
Diego works with cops and falls for a black cop. There is a scene in s2E2 where a black family is wrongfully arrested and brutalized
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cherry
while it touches on shortcomings of the police system, overall it has fairly positive portrayal of cops. spoilers ahead )))))))) however, gwen’s father steps down as a cop because he feels he can’t do what he thinks is right as one.
TV Show • 1997 Report
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Ellie_red
S1
 E1
In 'The Killing at Badgers Drift' and 'Faithful Unto Death' and 'Death in Disguise' Detective Barnaby searches a house he knows he doesn't have a warrant to enter.
TV Show • 2003 Report
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AzamiIbuki
The main team all regularly and repeatedly break laws to catch alleged criminals, and justify it with "their gut" is never wrong. For several seasons the team employs a character who is a trained torturer from a state which regularly uses torture itself.
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Littleolme
Depends on how you view it. Two ponies are cops and both of them are flawed individuals who are quite bigoted. One of them is fairly reasonable and eventually learns to be a more open-minded person while the other one is a lazy, selfish jerk who becomes mad with power. You could say there is an in-universe copaganda when that happens.
Movie • 1988 Report
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neilyworm
Yes, absolutely. The entire movie is copaganda! There's a scene where a cop mentions an accidental murder he committed, but most of the movie centers around heroic cops and everyone else is either helpless or getting in the way.
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RamenDestroyer
Because the protagonist is capitol, he really admires capitol, government, and military things. This is expressed numerous times, though people who disagree with the protagonist's opinion also have their opinion expressed a few times.
Movie • 2012 Report
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the whole movie is copaganda
TV Show • 1999 Report
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skillwithaquill24
All main characters are either cops or lawyers and they’re almost always portrayed as being justified in their actions - even when in clear violation of the law or when brutalizing suspects.

A few episodes attempt to tackle police brutality and/or unethical policing, but it rarely effects the main characters. The few times it does effect main characters, they are typically portrayed sympathetically.
TV Show • 2013 Report
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sarahcastic
Cops and guards are critically depicted. Some get somewhat humanizing backstories, but these won’t make the viewer think “yay, police!” - rather, they make you realize that ACAP is about more than awful individual cops, it’s about an entire power and justice system being faulty.
TV Show • 2018 Report
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ShoSheepy
Two of the main characters are cops, and they are very pro-cop. There are many scenes that depict "suspects" without the presence of a lawyer which lends itself to copaganda. There is a "Blue Lives Matter" flag hanging in the police department.
TV Show • 2022 Report
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1234554321
a police detective is like a saint saving people he doesn’t have to save and being overall valiant and selfless etc.
TV Show • 2014 Report
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jcat
Gordon, and to an extent his friend-cops, are very much "the only good cops in a precinct of bad cops" trope. However, Gordon regularly breaks laws to terrorize and intimidate citizens of Gotham. The framing on this is neutral to positive.
Given the difference between the actions and framing, it's unlikely to persuade anyone critical of policing that cops are actually good. Most critique of policing in the show is focused on how cops are effected by their job, though it does have moments.
Ultimately a Yes for me because it is a police procedural at the end of the day, and consumed completely uncritically Gordon makes at least 3 speeches per season about how cops are good.
Movie • 2021 Report
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MayoiSnail
Yes, but it is a very mixed bag. The movie is about the "blue wall of silence", and is critical of police in very relevant ways. However, it also implies that the problem isn't systemic, there's just a lot of "bad cops", and everything can be solved by getting rid of the "bad cops".
TV Show • 2014 Report
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egdcs
One could say so, Michael is a cop, he's portrayed as this dreamy guy who makes some unlawful decisions for good reasons