San Jose police officers took down a suspect they say has a history of violence toward police, and cameras from the show "Cops" were there to capture it.
It all happened as SJPD officers spotted a red sedan they suspected was stolen and found a suspect crouched low in the driver’s seat.
During a search, police say a small amount of drugs fell out of the man’s pants pocket, and that's when a struggle began, which ended with a Taser being deployed.
SJPD Officer Aaron Offenberg said they were later told by an officer in another department the suspect has a tendency to be violent with police. “We really didn’t know what we were dealing with, even after he was handcuffed, how violent he was going to become,” Offenberg said.
A woman with the suspect was also taken into custody after police found several stolen credit cards and checkbooks in the car.
San Jose Police Department officials said back in April they hoped the reality show filming would be a morale booster. Police believe the extra TV exposure might also have benefits as a recruiting tool.
The department is hoping officers act natural and enjoy the experience – while residents get a clearer picture of what officers really do out in the streets.