Rollins turns to imprisoned serial killer, Dr. Gregory Yates, when a new dead body with a similar m.o. washes up on a beach. In response, Yates makes a shocking accusation against Manhattan's Deputy Chief Medical Examiner.
A transgender teen dies after she is pushed off a bridge by another teen. The DA's office wants to try the aggressor as an adult and charge him with a hate crime, even though he appears to be genuinely remorseful.
Police officers kill an innocent, unarmed black man whose description resembled a rape suspect. The case soon escalates into a public circus, with the police taking sides against A.D.A. Barba, who is feeling political pressure to indict.
Rollins is placed in a no-win situation when her sister becomes a key figure in a complex case involving a rape, a drugging, and a valuable stolen flute. Meanwhile, the son of deputy chief Dodds begins working at SVU.