Cop Arrested Hours After Starring in TV Show About Cops

Was featured working a domestic violence case in the show Live PD
By Daniel Kay,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 31, 2016 5:51 PM CDT
Updated Nov 1, 2016 12:20 AM CDT
Cop Arrested Hours After Starring in TV Show About Cops
This TV publicity image released by Fox shows police officers in Hillsborough, Fla., in an episode of "COPS." A&E's Live PD is a similar reality TV program which depicts police officers on the job.   (AP Photo/Fox)

(Newser) – A police sergeant in Connecticut arrested a man on domestic violence charges in the first episode of a new TV series called Live PD. That same night, she found herself back in a police car—but this time she was the one arrested under the state's domestic violence law, reports the Connecticut Post. The unusual situation involves Bridgeport police Sgt. Stacey Lyons. While being filmed for the new A&E reality series, she arrested a man accused of choking his girlfriend. “Domestics are the most dangerous calls a police officer can go on,” Lyons told the camera. As the man proclaimed his innocence, she told him, "This is a domestic situation and I don't have a choice."

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Hours after filming the episode, the 33-year-old was charged with disorderly conduct after she allegedly entered an ex-boyfriend's house by punching in his security code and confronted him about another woman. The ex-boyfriend said the pair got into a shoving match, and he called police. The reality show featuring Lyons' arrest aired Friday night. As Deadline explains, the two-hour live show shows officers in six different departments answering calls in real time as host Dan Abrams and two police detectives provide commentary. Think “unmediated, live Cops with third-party journalistic context," as an A&E exec puts it. The idea is to show a typical Friday night for cops on patrol, per RealScreen. (This officer was busted thanks to his own body camera.)

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