CBS legal analyst Rikki Klieman screened her pro-cop documentary “In the Line of Fire” at the 9/11 Memorial Museum on Thursday night, at a time when police are under fire for their use of force in several controversial national incidents.
“I passionately wanted to do these stories, and I became even more passionate about telling these stories at a time when the discourse, the debate about policing in America, has taken a sharp turn,” Klieman told The New York Post. “Police are being defined by a half a dozen incidents instead of being defined by the people that they really are.”
Klieman, who is married to NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton, profiled three heroic cops for the Investigation Discovery doc. They include New York officer Ivan Marcano, who was shot in the chest by three men robbing a cab driver when he happened to drive up to the scene on a date with his then-girlfriend. Marcano pursued the suspects, killing one. The other two were later arrested, and Marcano was awarded the Medal of Honor.
Klieman pitched the idea for “In the Line of Fire,” which premieres Sunday, in February 2014, before the protests in Ferguson, Mo., and those over Eric Garner in New York, “but it certainly became more meaningful and more urgent to do this show after [those events],” Klieman says.