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Burn Baby Burn 

A community activist who was formerly a Black Panther is accused of killing a police officer. He claims self-defense because of the history of police violence against African-Americans.

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Leon Chiles
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A community activist who was formerly a Black Panther is accused of killing a police officer. He claims self-defense because of the history of police violence against African-Americans.

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22 November 2000 (USA)  »

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Lateef Miller was born on April 24, 1948, 8-2/3 years later than Clarence Williams III. See more »

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When Attorney Leon Chiles (Joe Morton) cites police brutality, he mentions the Fred Hampton assassination in Oakland. Fred Hampton was killed by police in Chicago, not Oakland. See more »

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[a cop has been murdered]
Lt. Anita Van Buren: I just got the page.
Detective Ed Green: [to the witnesses who called in the DB] Excuse me, fellas.
Lt. Anita Van Buren: Any idea how it went down?
Detective Ed Green: No, not yet.
Lt. Anita Van Buren: Kearsey get any rounds off?
Detective Ed Green: Yeah, two.
Detective Lennie Briscoe: Hopefully one of them's in the killer.
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Can a Black man claim self-defense against a white cop?
3 January 2011 | by (United States NYC) – See all my reviews

I come from a law enforcement background, and this episode is a keen and probing look at the racial divisions that still polarize our nation.

Police appear before grand juries frequently and cite "fear for my own life" as the reason why they shot an unarmed individual. But what happens when this defense is turned around? This episode asks us to consider whether a Black man--even an angry Black man--can cite his own fear as a justification for the use of deadly force. Was the defendant justified and are his claims of self-defense legit?

One line didn't ring true for me: NYPD cops do not come down "from New Paltz," but they do often come from Rockland County (Pearl River) and Long Island. But certainly not Ulster County, or Dutchess for that matter. Neither county's residents are eligible for hire by the NYPD.

Clarence Williams III was spectacular in his role, and it was so good to finally see him again. Merkerson, Orbach, Green and all the others were fine, too.


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