Law & Order (1990–2010)
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After a cop is killed while trying to make a drug arrest the investigation reveals that some of his fellow officers may have stood by and let him die for reasons of their own.


(as Ed Sherin)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Elizabeth Olivet (credit only)
Captain Tom O'Hara
Craig McGraw
Gordon Schell
Sergeant Henry Rhodes (as Robert Moresco)
Ron Ryan ...
Sergeant Jack Harley
Lázaro Pérez ...
Nazarrio (as Lazaro Perez)
Jerry Kerwin


When patrolman Rick Newhouse comes under fire, he requests backup and two patrol cars are dispatched. Both arrive too late and Newhouse is killed. The subsequent investigation clears everyone involved but Detectives Logan and Briscoe smell a rat and get Captain Cragen's permission to investigate on their own. They find that both patrol cars arrived at the scene at virtually the same time though one was 20 blocks further away when they set out. When a passerby says he he saw a patrol car sitting around the corner while the shooting was going on, they know Newhouse was left on his own. What they find is that Newhouse was gay and his fellow officers were giving him a hard time about it making it clear he wasn't welcome in their precinct. ADA Stone charges three cops with second degree murder though he knows the odds are stacked against getting a conviction. Written by garykmcd

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12 May 1993 (USA)  »

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Notable for a standout guest performance by a young Sam Rockwell. See more »


D.A. Adam Schiff: I used to ask myself how a man could put on a bedsheet and lynch another man. The answer is most of the time he can't, by himself.
Executive A.D.A. Ben Stone: But you get enough people together... 4 cops stood by and let him die.
D.A. Adam Schiff: And 12 civilians just did it again.
Executive A.D.A. Ben Stone: And they voted their indifference.
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Remade as Law & Order: UK: Samaritan (2009) See more »

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Gay Panic Defense
27 August 2017 | by See all my reviews

When four people were arrested in the death of a young gay police officer when all else failed to dent Michael Moriarty's case the gay panic defense was used. An expert psychologist is brought in to testify that the perpetrators were so unnerved by the presence of a gay man in proximity that they reacted instinctively.

The instinct here was that these four people were his fellow cops and they deliberately failed to come to his aid in a shootout with a drug dealer. It's the case Jerry Orbach and Chris Noth build after arresting the actual shooter. It's a nauseating situation.

Compounded by the fact these cops were clearly homophobic and the gay panic defense is used to justify it. It's discredited now, the federal courts have banned it and so have a few states.

It's still used today in some areas with mixed results. See how it turns out for Michael Moriarty.

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