Reality Show 'Bait Car' Sting Lands Deputy in Hot Water
A Los Angeles County sheriff's detective landed in hot water after a taping of the reality TV show "Bait Car." (KTLA-TV)
As part of the TruTV show, undercover police officers park a car rigged with cameras along the side of the road with the keys still inside.
Then a camera crew waits nearby for someone to take the bait and try to steal the car.
But in a recent segment filmed in cooperation with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, a department detective wound up in trouble instead of the Regular Joe who took the bait.
Footage shot for the show showed suspect Keenan Alex, 28, find a Cadillac Escalade with the keys in the ignition and the engine running.
He got inside and drove off, but deputies quickly pulled him over and slapped handcuffs on him.
Detective Anthony Shapiro later said in court that he read Alex his rights before the suspect made incriminating statements.
But unedited video shows that Shapiro did not read Alex his rights, the Los Angeles Times reported.
"You watch TV. You know your rights and all that?," the video shows Shapiro telling Alex.
Because Alex's Miranda rights were violated on tape, prosecutors could not press charges against him in court and the case was dropped.
Shapiro has been placed on paid leave for testifying under oath that he read Alex is rights when he did not, according to department officials.