Protect and Serve - Netflix

Protect and Serve is set in the aftermath of a riot in an American city triggered by the shooting of an unarmed man by cops. The police department is dismantled and a newly appointed police chief is tasked with rebuilding from scratch. The task is daunting, but with his unwavering faith in people and the community, and a brand-new optimistic approach — there is hope.

Type: Scripted

Languages: English

Status: In Development

Runtime: 60 minutes

Premier: None

Protect and Serve - Nikki Catsouras photographs controversy - Netflix

The Nikki Catsouras photographs controversy concerns the leaked photographs of Nicole “Nikki” Catsouras (March 4, 1988 – October 31, 2006), who died at the age of 18 in a high speed car crash after losing control of a Porsche 911 Carrera, which belonged to her father, and colliding with a toll booth in Lake Forest, California. Photographs of Catsouras' badly disfigured body were published on the internet, leading her family to take legal action due to the distress this caused.

Protect and Serve - Leaked photographs - Netflix

According to Newsweek, the Catsouras “accident was so gruesome the coroner wouldn't allow her parents to identify their daughter's body.” However, photographs of the scene of Catsouras' death were taken by California Highway Patrol officers as part of standard fatal traffic collision procedures. These photographs were then forwarded to colleagues, and were leaked onto the Internet. Two CHP employees, Aaron Reich and Thomas O'Donnell, admitted to releasing the photographs in violation of CHP policy. O'Donnell later stated in interviews that he only sent the photos to his own e-mail account for viewing at a later time, while Reich stated that he had forwarded the pictures to four other people. Catsouras' parents soon discovered the photographs posted online. The pictures had gained much attention, including a fake MySpace tribute website that actually contained links to the photographs. People also anonymously e-mailed copies of the photos to the Catsouras family with misleading subject headers, in one case captioning the photo sent to the father with the words “Woohoo Daddy! Hey daddy, I'm still alive.” This led the Catsouras family to withdraw from Internet use and, concerned that their youngest daughter might be taunted with the photographs, to begin homeschooling her. The online harassment aspects of the case were covered by Werner Herzog in his 2016 documentary Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World.

Protect and Serve - References - Netflix