'Law & Order: SVU' Will Cover George Floyd, Protests, And Police Brutality Next Season

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Warren Leight, the showrunner for *SVU*, has explained that the situation "has to come up and it will."

“There are ways, we will find our way in to tell the story. Presumably our cops will still be trying to do the right thing but it’s going to be harder for them and they’re going to understand why it’s hard for them,” Leight shared with The Hollywood Reporter.

Leight went on to say that changes would be coming to not just his show, but every show.


“Change will start taking place on TV shows individually. There will be lip service paid,” Leight said, and added he personally had been trying to make sure that when it came to the writer's room, there was "a conscious effort to bring in new voices, fresh voices, different voices.”

Leight stated that he felt his previous efforts may not have been enough.


Leight said that they “tried really hard in the last year to show how class and race affect the outcomes of justice in society, but I'm beginning to suspect ‘really hard’ wasn't enough. This has to be a moment where people make themselves uncomfortable, where people in power have to make themselves uncomfortable.”

While Leight said he "can't make every episode about a bad cop," he does try to show the grey area.

“Olivia makes mistakes...but she’s empathic, which is I think what separates the cops on our television show from a lot of what we're seeing these days on our livestreams,”