The second installment of In the Line of Fire will kick off the celebration of National Police Week, which runs from Sunday, May 15 to Saturday, May 21. Hosted by legal analyst Rikki Klieman, she will bring viewers first-hand, harrowing and emotional stories of survival, told by the police officers themselves.
“With daily headlines denouncing the negative and harmful acts of law enforcement, I feel it’s my duty to provide viewers with the stories of the overwhelming majority of the professionals who are decent, ethical and courageous,” said Klieman. “These are the men and women in blue who answer the call to protect and serve, and it is my honor to tell their stories.”
According to Atlas Media, Rikki Klieman, who happens to be the wife of NYPD police commissioner Bill Bratton, will examine three different stories for In the Line of Fire. In each one, the courageous officers were forced to make split-second decisions on whether to use deadly force when confronted with an extremely dangerous situation.
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Officer Ann Carrizales is with the Stafford, Texas police department. She is known by everyone as a super mom, a super wife, and a super cop. Carrizales served as a military police officer in the U.S. Marines, and was also the first woman on the Marine Corp boxing team. A preview video clip reveals that approximately three years ago during a routine traffic stop, she felt something wasn’t right and cautiously approached a car with three men inside. When one opened fire, hitting her once in the face and another round striking her in the chest, she still managed to pursue the men in a dangerous 20-mile chase.
Officer Keith Borders is with the Las Vegas, Nevada metropolitan police department. When a domestic dispute turns violent, Officer Borders does everything he can, including using his own body as a shield to protect an innocent woman. After responding to the call in the middle of the night with no backup to assist him, a deadly gunfight that lasts for more than 20 minutes injures the officer and leaves the perpetrator dead.
Officer Juan Pichardo is with the New York police department, and his story begins while he is off duty. Two men come into his family’s car dealership and demand money. Pichardo and two other hostages are tied up, but he is able to break free and goes for the suspects’ gun. During a struggle, Officer Pichardo is shot in the leg, but he is still able to detain one of the robbers until help arrives.
Viewers of In the Line of Fire may recognize Rikki Klieman as a contributor and legal analyst for CBS News. A dynamic communicator, she also served as an anchor at Court TV (later Tru TV), and has been a contributor for the CBS Early Show, NBC’s Today Show, and for the E! Network. As a legal analyst, she has appeared on numerous programs and networks such as NBC’s Nightly News, CBS Evening News, ABC, CNN, CNBC and MSNBC. According to her website, she was also named by Time Magazine as one of the top five female trial lawyers in the country.
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In the Line of Fire is produced by Atlas Media, with Bruce David Klein serving as the executive producer. Co-executive producers are Lorri Leighton and Lisa Bryant. Thomas Cutler is the executive producer for Investigation Discovery, with Sara Kozak serving as senior vice president of production, Kevin Bennett is the general manager, and Henry Schleiff is group president.
Will you be watching the program? Leave your comments, thoughts and opinions below. In the Line of Fire airs on Sunday, May 15 at 8 p.m. ET on the Investigation Discovery (ID) Channel.
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