Cops and ex-gang members give Hollywood a dose of reality

Photo by Arty Maharajh

The L.A. cop show “Southland,”  which has been filmed across many Eastside communities over the years, has been praised for its realism.  While the show employs a former LAPD officer, Chic Daniel, as a technical adviser, some of the scenes are not realistic enough for some other people with first-hand knowledge of how cops and gangs work, according to an L.A. Times story. During a Southland film shoot in Boyle Heights, off-duty cops and ex-gang members working on the scene offered some advice after two actors playing detectives are surrounded by extras acting as gang members:

“A few of the guys said the gang cops should immediately have the gangsters turn around with their hands around their heads and then search them,” said Daniel. “A few other guys said the cops should make the gangsters sit on the ground and cross their legs so they can’t get up and run. Pretty soon the former gang members started offering advice. They said that as soon as the cops pulled up, a few guys who weren’t holding dope or guns would run. When the cops chased them, the rest of the guys would split in the other direction.’

The crew took the advice to heart and the result, Daniel said, was a “very realistic scene.”


  1. South land is a great show!

  2. Lincoln Heights Resident

    Thats my hood in this shot…
    Lincoln Heights is like Southland episode but in real life-
    Great show- Don’t use guns kids

  3. Great Show but the first season wasn’t accurate at all in some scenes.

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