Manny Mandell, involved in a shootout with a fleeing felon in which his partner is fatally wounded, receives a Police Department medal as a result. The survivor's guilt is bad enough, but as a medal winner he finds the expectations overwhelming.
IA Sergeants Bivins and Petrelli investigate the fatal shooting of a prostitute by a veteran beat cop with a history of bending the rules. The cop is then convicted and sent to the same prison that holds some of the men he sent there.
Three people are fatally shot by three different policemen, two beat cops and a detective. Deputy Chief Hayes must sort through the shooting team reports to find the truth of each situation, possibly at the risk of his own career.