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As police work goes, the call about a suspected shoplifter was mundane.
The wrinkle? A crew for the popular A&E show Live PD was filming from inside the squad car dispatched to the scene.
Lights and sirens blare on the video footage as the Warwick, Rhode Island, police officer drives to the shopping strip. Soon, he finds the suspect: A man skateboarding out of a supermarket, pushing a full cart.
“I’m out with him,” the officer says. He revs the car’s engine. It lurches forward, swerving behind the man. Then there’s the ding of a door opening and a loud thump—the officer appears to whack the skateboarder with the open door of his cruiser.
But the show’s millions of viewers never saw the