Detectives Briscoe and Curtis investigate the murder of Charlie Monroe who was stabbed to death in his apartment. He had been seen with a young woman and there is every indication that she was in the apartment with him. Monroe was a hardworking African-American student, an upstanding young man whose only mark against him was a juvenile conviction when he was 12. A library book in his apartment leads them to Danielle Mason. She admits to having met Charlie at the library and then going to his apartment where he attacked and raped her. The evidence doesn't add up but when McCoy hesitates seeking an indictment, the case takes on racial overtones with Mason's lawyer arguing his client is being railroaded under pressure from the African-American community. Written by
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This episode inspired Law & Order: UK season 3, episode 6 "Masquerade". The facts are slightly different. Instead of being African-American, the victim is of Pakistani origin. See more
The suspect's house, which is supposedly located in Queens, has the address 325. Almost all Queens addresses follow the XX-XX format, so the address should be something like 03-25 rather than 325. See more
Det. Lennie Briscoe
[talking to victim's ex-girlfriend
Why don't you come to the station with us. Let us take your fingerprints?
No no no no no no no. You're not going to run a Fuhrman on me.