Law & Order: Season 4, Episode 15

Kids (9 Feb. 1994)

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The son of one of Briscoe's former colleagues is accused of shooting and killing an innocent 14-year-old. He claims that he was trying to shoot a gun dealer who threatened him, but the people's case against him is very shaky.

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Detectives Briscoe and Logan investigate the shooting death of a 14 year-old, Angel Ramirez. The boy was a good student and wasn't involved in gangs or drugs. A licensed gun dealer, Juan Domingo, was standing next to Ramirez at the time of the shooting. He may have been involved in an incident to silence a witness against him in a previous case and the police suspect he may have been the intended target, perhaps by another witness who feared for for his life. A search of boys' school lockers turns up a stash of guns. It leads them to Kevin Parker who turns out to be the son of a former policeman, Ted Parker, someone Briscoe knows well. He hopes Briscoe will do him a favor but Kevin is charged and ADA Stone thinks he has a good case against the boy. Ted Parker isn't going to let his son go to jail however. Written by garykmcd

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D.A. Adam Schiff: Dumb, stupid and idiotic.
A.D.A. Claire Kincaid: I think of her as generally fair.
D.A. Adam Schiff: Judge Sally Norton. You seen the latest figures on her reversal rate, Ben?
Executive A.D.A. Ben Stone: Shows you what reading Bar Association reports will do to your judgement.
D.A. Adam Schiff: She gets overturned anymore she'll be upside down.
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The Street As War Zone.
9 September 2011 | by (Deming, New Mexico, USA) – See all my reviews

Kind of an interesting episode that raises important questions. What if everything that happened around you and was considered normal also happened to be illegal. Suppose you had good reason to believe that your life depended on shooting and killing someone else, and everyone was in agreement with you, even some of the police, but there was no legal justification for the killing? That's the bind some kid at St. Mathews Prep School finds himself in, a nice boy who's also the son of a former police officer. But the nice, proper boy is involved in a network of drugs and arms deals. And a nasty drug dealer from Monticello, New York, has let the word go forth that the proper kid is dead meat because of some conflict.

The nice proper kid takes a shot at one of the potential hit men from across the street and kills a fourteen-year-old Puerto Rican kid by accident. The police investigating the scene manage to dig up two older slugs in addition to one that just missed the PR. That's the kind of neighborhood this is. An ordinary wall of an ordinary building can have three different bullets embedded in it.

In any case, the proper kid is brought up for manslaughter. His father pleads with an old friend, Lennie Brisco, but there's nothing Lennie can do. The DA's case against the kid is a little weak, depending as it does on the testimony of the despised drug dealer.

But, whaddayouknow, the dealer is killed during a drug bust in the 33rd precinct. Complicit are the father's friends in that precinct. With the chief witness dead, a mistrial is declared and the proper kid goes home with Dad. Brisco meets the former cop later and asks how he's sleeping lately, and how his friends at the 33rd at sleeping. They're sleeping just fine. "There's no statue of limitations on murder," says Brisco ominously and walks away. And it's true. An unsolved homicide case is never closed. It's just forgotten.

It's unusual, this episode, because as far as the viewer can tell, a cabal of police officers from the 33rd precinct precipitated a murder and just let it go at that, a kind of favor to a friend. And it's unusual too in that we're made to feel some sympathy for the proper kid who lived in what the rest of us would consider a subculture of some blight. He happened to respond normally and the results happened to be lethal to a passer by.


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