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Sheriff bans A&E from filming in county jail, says it will not cost county
by Bill Baldowski
December 30, 2013 03:29 PM | 1810 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The A&E television network had filmed several episodes of its popular “Scared Straight” series at the Douglas County Jail, but no more.

Douglas County Sheriff Phil Miller has not only banned any further filming of any of his department’s actions by A&E but has cut all ties with the network following its recent decision to suspend “Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson for anti-gay remarks he made which appeared in Gentlemen’s Quarterly magazine.

Miller, who keeps the Bible on his desk in his office, said the A&E network had filmed a total of six times at the jail and in other sheriff department divisions.

“The Douglas County Sheriff’s Department or Douglas County itself did not receive any payment from A&E to film here,” Miller said.

“There was no loss of any type revenue to the department or the county by this decision,” he said.

If anything, Miller said, A&E would make a donation to charity for the filming opportunities.

Miller stated he viewed A&E’s suspension of Robertson as punishment for Robertson’s belief in the Bible. Robertson since has been reinstated.

“I am not making a judgment against any person or any group,” Miller said. “I am just standing up for my beliefs, which are based on what the Bible teaches.”

Miller also said he believes people should not be punished for their beliefs.

Robertson has not apologized for his anti-gay comments.

“I look forward to the day when we look at people as individuals and not as black people or white people, but as people,” Miller said.

He stated it is his belief people should be tolerant of the views of others.

“That is the belief I have, which is based on Christian principles found in the Bible,” Miller said.

He said his decision to ban A&E from future filming added credence to his decision, “and it let everyone know that I meant what I said.”

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