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Disorderly Conduct: Video on Patrol

By Will Wade, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Harrowing real-life situations caught on film.

TV Spike Reality TV 2006
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Because the footage is all collected from security cameras, the image quality is often poor, and the sound can be hard to make out. It's often in black-and-white, the camera usually can't zoom in, and sometimes it's hard to tell exactly what's happening. But that only makes the clips seem all the more harrowing. Seeing real people get attacked by criminals and real police officers getting run over seems far more graphic than the most explicit torture-porn movie with the best special effects.

The number of security cameras in use has skyrocketed in the past several years. Though the authorities would say the cameras are there to keep us safe, anyone watching this show will see plenty of examples of dangerous behavior, and the cameras certainly don't seem like much of a deterrent to a drunken teenage driver trying to outrun a patrol car on the highway at 100 mph. Instead, the proliferation of cameras recording everyday life has led to more and more shows like this. There's no real plot, just a collection of one dangerous situation after another, suggesting that bad things can happen anywhere, anytime, to anyone.

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