Sgt. Greevey and Det. Briscoe investigate the rape of 16 year-old African-American girl, Astrea Crawford, who was found in a pile of garbage. It take a few minutes to get her to say anything but she eventually tells them that she was attacked by two white policemen. The girl had been missing from home for 3 days and the police soon find themselves up against Congressman Ronald Eaton, a civil rights activist with a penchant to go to the media at every opportunity. The family refuses to cooperate with the police and Eaton grants the girl sanctuary in a former church. With tensions rising, ADA Stone takes over the case but concludes Eaton doesn't want them to solve it. He also begins to doubt the girl was ever raped in the first place. Written by
Did You Know?
The case in this episode is based on the story of Tawana Brawley, a teenage African American girl from upstate New York who claimed to have been gang raped by a number of prominent white men from her town, including police officers. The case became a media sensation, but a grand jury eventually determined that Brawley had likely lied about the alleged assault. See more
Executive A.D.A. Ben Stone
You made a decision based on something from within. You live with it, you examine it, that's all you got.