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[06/27/24 - 08:03 AM]
A&E to Premiere the Two-Night Documentary Event "The Chicano Squad" Beginning Monday, September 2nd at 9PM ET/PT
The project chronicles a groundbreaking team of bilingual patrol officers plucked from their beats and suddenly promoted to Detectives to form the first all-Latin homicide unit dedicated to tackling Houston's soaring rate of Latin homicide cases in 1979.

[via press release from A&E]

A&E TO PREMIERE THE TWO-NIGHT DOCUMENTARY EVENT "THE CHICANO SQUAD" BEGINNING MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 2ND AT 9PM ET/PT

THE SPECIAL TELLS THE FIRST-HAND STORY OF THE FIRST ALL-LATIN HOMICIDE UNIT WITHIN THE HOUSTON, TEXAS POLICE DEPARTMENT DEDICATED TO TACKLING THE CITY'S SOARING RATE OF UNSOLVED LATIN HOMICIDE CASES IN 1979

PRODUCED BY BENDER BROWN PRODUCTIONS AND JUPITER ENTERTAINMENT WITH MARIO DIAZ SERVING AS SHOWRUNNER AND DIRECTOR

New York, NY - June 27, 2024 - A&E has set the premiere of the two-night documentary event "The Chicano Squad," chronicling a groundbreaking team of bilingual patrol officers plucked from their beats and suddenly promoted to Detectives to form the first all-Latin homicide unit dedicated to tackling Houston's soaring rate of Latin homicide cases in 1979. Dubbed "The Chicano Squad" by the Houston media, the story of these men who for the next three decades would earn the trust of the community and the department, becoming one of the most highly decorated law enforcement units in the history of Houston, is told through first-hand accounts of the original squad members and those impacted by their work. "The Chicano Squad" premieres Monday, September 2 and Tuesday, September 3 at 9pm ET/PT on A&E.

Featuring new interviews with original members of the group, including Jim Montero, José Selvera, Raymond Gonzales, U.P. Hernández, and Cecil Mosqueda, "The Chicano Squad" explores how these men revolutionized community policing and went on to be an integral division in the Houston Police Department for decades, serving as the inspiration for other squads around the country. The special airs 45 years after the formation of the Chicano Squad.

Decades of disregard and corruption inside the Houston Police Department led to widespread police brutality and hundreds of unsolved homicides in the city's Latin neighborhoods. One officer - Jim Montero - has a vision to form a unit uniquely designed to solve them. In 1979, Montero and five bilingual Mexican American department rookies were given just 90 days to solve all open Latin murder cases, regain the trust of the community, and assist in any new crimes involving Spanish-speaking people.

With no prior homicide experience, unchecked racism and discrimination at all levels of the department, a corrupt police union, the highest crime rate in the country, and an immigrant community that is distrustful of the police, this first-of-its-kind unit of crime fighters lacked experience in homicide investigation and were forced to learn on the job. After 90 days, The Chicano Squad members ultimately proved they belonged and successfully cleared 80% of their cases. What started as an experiment became a permanent and crucial part of Houston Police Department.

"The Chicano Squad" will be available on demand and to stream the next day on the A&E app, AETV.com, and across major TV providers' VOD platforms. A+E Networks holds worldwide distribution rights for "The Chicano Squad." For more information on the film, visit the official website here.

"The Chicano Squad" is produced by Jupiter Entertainment and Bender Brown Productions for A&E. Patrick Reardon and Eric Wetherington serve as executive producers for Jupiter Entertainment and the project was developed for Jupiter by Chris Spry. Lawrence Bender (An Inconvenient Truth) and Kevin Kelly Brown (Trumbo) are executive producers for Bender Brown Productions. Sergio Selvera and Nancy De Los Santos also serve as executive producers with Mario Díaz (Right to Offend) serving as showrunner, director, and executive producer. Maitee Cueva, Brad Abramson, and Elaine Frontain Bryant are executive producers for A&E.

About A&E

A&E leads the cultural conversation through high-quality, original programming that captivates viewers and brings them to the heart of the stories that matter. Through its distinctive brand of award-winning non-fiction and documentary programming, A&E always makes entertainment an art. For more press information and photography, please visit us at press.aenetworks.com. Website: aetv.com | Twitter: @aetv | Facebook: aetv | Instagram: @aetv | TikTok: @aetv

About Jupiter Entertainment

Based in New York City and Knoxville, Tennessee, Jupiter Entertainment has built an unrivaled track record of producing successful, highly formatted series and delivering outstanding ratings and strong renewals.

Since its launch over two decades ago, the company has produced more than 80 series and specials for 30 networks. Jupiter currently has over 250 hours of programming in production for more than a dozen networks and platforms, including hit true crime franchises like Snapped (Oxygen), In Pursuit with John Walsh (ID), and Killer Couples (Oxygen), as well as the ambitious feature length documentary Contact High(in partnership with Universal Media Group). Its many credits also include the acclaimed premium limited series Who Killed Robert Wone? (Peacock), record-breaking hit ID Murder Mystery (ID), explosive docusoaps such as Welcome to Myrtle Manor (TLC) and Wild West Alaska (Animal Planet), docuseries 4th and Forever (Curiosity Stream), and riveting documentary Heval (Curiosity Stream). The company has also produced prime-time series and specials for A&E, Discovery, History, Peacock, Reelz, Telemundo, TruTV, TV One, Fuse, and many more. In the last year alone, Jupiter produced 19 series, specials, and pilots for 10 networks.

About Bender Brown Productions

Award-winning Bender Brown Productions is a partnership between producers Lawrence Bender and Kevin Brown. Separately and together, Bender and Brown have produced seven Academy Award winning and nominated films, including Best Documentary winner An Inconvenient Truth, Pulp Fiction, Good Will Hunting, Inglourious Basterds and Trumbo. They also produced the Emmy and NAACP Image Award winning Seven Seconds, the Golden Globe nominated Flesh and Bone, and the Peabody Award winning Cops and Robbers.





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