White police officers are accused of beating and dragging an African American man to his death. McCoy tries to prosecute while facing pressure from Federal prosecutors, who want to make a deal with one of the guilty parties.

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Officer Frank Dietrick
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Internal Affairs Detective (as John A. MacKay)
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Detectives Briscoe and Curtis investigate the death of an African-American man, Floyd Michaels, who the medical examiner concludes was beaten and dragged behind a car. Local community activist Rev. Ramsay is soon visiting Lt. Van Buren's superior to ensure this hate crime gets top priority. The police find a witness who says he saw two white men pull victim out of his car. They also learn that Michaels was an auxiliary policeman in Westchester County. They find witnesses who identify the attackers' red Pontiac but they trace it to a police compound for seized vehicles. It leads them to believe that the attackers were policemen. For the DA's office, problems arise when the U.S. Attorney wants to take over the case. When ADA McCoy finds he's granted the ringleader immunity, he tries to have the immunity agreement rescinded. Written by garykmcd

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7 October 1998 (USA)  »

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In one scene, McCoy and Carmichael have a conversation about Officer Dietrick. The episode then shifts to McCoy's office, where they are talking with Dietrick and his attorney. The defense attorney's notes are the episode script of the previous scene with McCoy and Carmichael. See more »

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Borough Chief Commander Dietz: Let's not jump to conclusions. We don't know what kind of crime it is yet.
Reverend Theodore Dempsey: A black man was beaten to a bloody pulp and dragged a quarter of a man behind a vehicle over a dirt road. You call that a love crime?
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The Blue Wall Of License
21 February 2015 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The case of James Byrd the black man dragged to his death in Harlingen, Texas was the model for this Law And Order episode. But here the ones who drag the victim who was a police officer in Westchester County are NYPD police officers.

The NYPD always circles the wagons around its own no matter what. Because of that and the fact that offers know that it also becomes the blue wall of license in that it allows them to get away with anything. It takes a lot of bluff for Sam Waterston and Angie Harmon to get a conviction here. If I had been them I would have welcomed handing this one off to the US Attorney as they were offered.

I did love the performance of Russell G. Jones who is a homeless man with a squeegee sponge who is a limited witness at best. They do get a lot of mileage out of him.

Best is when S. Eptha Merkerssen tells him in this house,"I'm the man".


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