I think them cops

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At Automobile repair shop, Jimmy met Earl:


Jimmy: Now, it has to be dependable. I can't have no chance of it breaking down.
Earl: You want a camper coverin' the bed of the truck? Or just empty?
Jimmy: Yeah, a cover's a good idea. 'Cause them campers can get kinda creepy. I think them cops more likely to give them camper trucks a second look.

Is "them" really needed?

Source: Logan Lucky 2017
 

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I suspect that Jimmy is the sort of person that talks that way. So it's needed there.
 

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I don't care how Jimmy thinks. Please tell me whether "them" is needed.

Yes. It's fictional dialogue. If the writer thinks it's needed, then it's needed.

The bad grammar ("them" instead of "those") fits the Jimmy character: a poorly educated working-class crook.

If that doesn't answer your question, tell us more about what you're trying to figure out.
 
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I don't care how Jimmy role thinks, please tell me "them" is needed or not?

Kingston, I hope you understand that the dialog in your book is written in very informal English. It's not a good model for a learner trying to perfect his or her English.
 

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Kingston, I hope you understand that the dialog in your book is written in very informal English. It's not a good model for a learner trying to perfect his or her English.

infomal or very informal, my question speaks English and also related to English, so it fits here.
 

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Kingston, as we have told you before, it is important to use correct capitalisation and punctuation in your written English. If you keep ignoring our advice, you might find that we are less inclined to answer your questions at all.
 

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infomal or very informal, my question speaks English and also related to English, so it fits here.

It does. Most mainstream speakers would use something like those cops are more likely. Removing it without a replacement works less well.
 
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