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So, In this video essay I reveal the inner workings of the LAPD’s Hollywood office (the Entertainment Trademark Unit), in particular how they worked on ABC’s The Rookie. I analyse how the show dilutes and trivialises sexism and racism in the LAPD, police brutality and excessive force, violation of civil rights, predictive policing and rogue cops and LAPD corruption, including the Rampart scandal. I also detail how The Rookie has boosted police recruitment, and how its star Nathan Fillion has admitted it is copaganda for the LAPD.