Floyd’s death hastens shift in police pop culture portrayals

NEW YORK (AP) — The May 25 death of George Floyd during an arrest by Minneapolis police has set off protests nationwide and transmitted images of law enforcement worlds away from an episode of “Dragnet”: beatings and lethal chokeholds of handcuffed suspects, firing mace and rubber bullets at peaceful protesters. Police stories have evolved far from the prime of Sgt. Joe Friday, but the idealized crime fighter remains a cultural touchstone even when countered by such recent narratives as Angie Thomas’ “The Hate U Give,” a best-selling novel about a black teen murdered by police adapted into a feature film of the same name.