D.C. News Station Takes ‘Payday 2’ to Task for Depicting ‘Violence Against Police Officers’

Washington D.C-based news station WIJA offers a report that tries to solicit anger from local policemen about the depiction of violence in Starbreeze Studios. The report begins by pointing out how Starbreeze created a game that makes the player "feel like you’re in D.C." with the use of "police logos, cruisers, and uniforms almost identical to the real thing." They also note that targeting police officers is an integral part of the game.

So where are they going with all this? Well first they reached out Starbreeze Studios, who did not respond. Next they solicited the opinions of D.C. police detective Kevin McConnell, who says that "What we do every day is not a game." To illustrate that point McConnell describes one incident during his two decades of service to the police department where he almost died on the job.

This all leads to this comment from McConnell talking about games glorifying violence against law enforcement:

"Shooting cops, killing cops…doesn't seem like a fun way to spend your time, knowing that the cops are out there for you," he said.

A spokesman for the Entertainment Software Association told the news station that video games have been affirmed by multiple courts as protected speech on the first amendment to the Constitution.

"…Courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, have ruled 13 times that computer and video games are protected speech."

D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier declined to comment on camera, but a spokeswoman for the chief said that Lanier thinks that a game that glorifies violence against police officers doesn’t deserve any attention.

Source: WIJA

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