Police Officials Angered by GTA Mods Featuring Realistic Cop Cars

A Grand Theft Auto modder’s authentic depictions of real police vehicles have angered law enforcement officials in the Washington, D.C. area.

NBC reports that GTA videos of police vehicles from Prince William County, Montgomery County, and Fairfax County are available on YouTube:

Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery. But don’t tell that to some local police jurisdictions that are upset over YouTube videos depicting their cruisers in a video game…

One video even shows a digital officer getting out of a Fairfax County Police cruiser to gun down citizens on the street.

The Fairfax County Police Department finds the videos in very poor taste," said spokesperson Don Gotthardt. "One of the reasons we find it in poor taste is because of the way the officers are depicted."

THANKS TO: GamePolitics reader mdo7 for the tip!

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    squigs says:

    I can’t help thinking it redundant to suggest aspects of GTA may be in poor taste. 

    It’s a game about being a violent criminal, where you can pick up hookers to gain health! 

    I don’t mean this as a criticism – it’s all pretty harmless – but the game has never even tried to be tasteful.  

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    shady8x says:

    I know someone who’s son was shot a dozen times by several police officers because they thought he was holding a weapon to his ear… so while he was in a phone booth with his back to them and holding a freaking phone(I guess it oculd be used as a weapon?) they murderd him in cold blood and kept their jobs…

    I find it in poor taste whenever cops are depicted like some sort of hero’s most of them aren’t…

    In the game officers respond to crimes and fight the mass murdering character that you are playing as… I can see why the real cops would be offended…

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    mbellerbrock says:

     Who cares if he’s shooting civilians… it’s GTA, that’s what you do, shoot guns.  I used to get bored and just go around trying to rack up as many stars as possible for hours in GTAIV.  Doesn’t make me a killer.

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    Weatherlight says:

    I think they have more of an issue with the fact that the player starts shooting people with the rifle in the video. Not so much the depiction of the cars, or the Officer, but that he starts shooting people as they run away, as the player looks like an officer and car looks just like an officers car.

    I would be kind of worried if this mod was done by an officer.


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    mdo7 says:


    Also Jack Thompson claiming this is Rockstar and Take-Two’s way of training kids to become Cop Killer by putting realistic cop car in 3….2….1

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    mdo7 says:

    Thanks for putting this up Dennis.

    I saw this last night and I thought, let the gaming world knows about it (maybe other people knew).  But I decided to shed light on this.  I was kinda pissed the cops make a big deal out of this.  OK, I was also pissed that whoever did the realistic cop mod is trying to make people mad on it also.

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    ZippyDSMlee says:

    ZOMG!!! cops and robbers game that has…SHOCK cop cars in it!!!!


    Gore,Violence,Sexauilty,Fear,Emotion these are but modes of transportation of story and thought, to take them from society you create a society of children and nannys, since adults are not required.


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    Shadow D. Darkman says:

    Very witty, especially with the grenade.

    It’s also quite fitting.


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    evilfremen says:

    You should visit Fairfax sometime, and you will see that they really do have nothing to do with their time.  There is no department in the area more prone to hassling people and setting up inane traffic stops for no reason.  Really, this whole waste of time is pretty par for the course for them.

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    Austin_Lewis says:

    Good point, really.  Why do they have time for this bullshit?  Shouldn’t they be doing their fucking job and not playing around on the internet?

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    Charax says:

    So, crime has been completely eradicated from Fairfax, has it?

    I can’t think of any other justification for the Fairfax PD to be allocating time to watch and comment to the press on youtube videos of user-generated GTA content.

    And what, exactly, do they expect this will get them? the mods won’t go away, and people won’t stop putting realistic vehicles in GTA games, so it’s not like the statement will actually accomplish anything anyway.

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    MechaTama31 says:

    …Because otherwise the nutbags who go violent-crazy from the vidya games wouldn’t know what a real cop car looks like, right?

    This is stupid on so many levels.

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    nighstalker160 says:

    Actually they don’t need to make up everything.

    Statistically the average driver violates a traffic ordinance every 9 seconds. All the police need is a reason they COULD pull you over.

    Doesn’t mean that’s the REAL reason they stopped you. But it’s a pretty low burden under Terry v. Ohio, and a subsequent case called "Wren v. something or other"

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    Overcast says:

    Yeah, I had ‘realistic’ cars in GTA San Andreas – but the engine could only handle so many polygons at a time before it would crash…

    In any event – I don’t think it’s going to make any ‘cop-killers’ out of people who would otherwise normally not be… Those that have the disposition to kill – well, they don’t need a game to teach them how; that’s been long since understood…

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    hellfire7885 says:

    ……….. They’re just noticing this now?

    Such mods have been available since GTA3, in most cases it’s to add a touch of realism, or more likely someone wants their own hime city/state patrol cars in the game. Hell, tearing around Los Santos in an LAPD squad car sound fun.

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    HarmlessBunny says:

    It is a freakin’ mod made by the public. So they whine to NBC?

    Perhaps it is in poor taste, but it was made by a citizen in your own area. The continent doesn’t need to know that you guys are crying over a video-game MOD. Now if T2 games did that officially I could see a little bit of concern there…

    Now actually if this mod was made by someone in the police force, that would be funny….

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