When “Chicago P.D.” actor Patrick John Flueger takes a look at past episodes of the hit NBC series, he views certain scenes in a new light.
What Flueger is seeing, critics say, is “copaganda,” a tendency of TV series to depict police officers solely as heroes.
“I’ll be frank, I have those criticisms in the back of my head,” said Flueger, who plays Officer Adam Ruzek. “We’ve talked about running into old episodes on USA [channel], and we were [merely] telling stories — we were making a TV show. And now, in light of recent events, I really think people are waking up in a different way.”
Amid worldwide protests by citizens outraged by incidents of police brutality, those calls have grown louder.
The study’s “Racial Integrity Index” ranked police series by their depictions of people of color relative to the percentage of people of color in the writers’ room. “Chicago P.D.” was ranked the third-worst in the index.
Has “Chicago P.D.” made any changes amid the “copaganda” criticisms? Flueger believes the proof is in the storylines of the current season.
“I think as a society we’re starting to turn some sort of page,” said Flueger. “I’m proud of being on a show that seems to be trying to turn a page — constantly turn the page appropriately.”