WOWT 6 News has obtained a copy of the agreement which allowed a crew from the TV reality show COPS to accompany Omaha police. The agreement between Mayor Jean Stothert and a producer was signed on May 22nd.
Tuesday night, a crew member of COPS died after being caught in an exchange of gunfire with a robbery suspect. Police say suspect Cortez Washington fired his gun at police. Officers fired back killing Washington and Bryce Dion who was the audio supervisor for COPS.
The agreement indicates that the production company, Langley Productions, would not hold the city liable for, “any and all claims for damage and liability for injury to or death of persons; and for damage to or destruction of property occurring during and arising out of acts of omission of LP, its employees and/or agents with regard to LP’s filming.”
The agreement stipulated that it was good for three months after it was signed. WOWT 6 News has asked the mayor’s office if the agreement had been extended. Tuesday night’s incident happened four days after the initial agreement had expired. We were referred to City Attorney Paul Kratz. He says in his opinion the agreement was still in effect.