A police officer is accused of planting a gun on an unarmed African-American youth that he shot. The victim was beloved in his community, but the investigation reveals that he may have also been a drug dealer.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Freddo Parisi
Reverend Thayer
Doris Carver
Officer Davis
Parisi's Attorney
Richard Habersham ...
Abel Richardson
Store Owner
Dorian 'Silky' Ford
Gregg Almquist ...
Internal Affairs Lt. Gowdy


Sergeant Greevy and Detective Logan investigate a shooting death involving a fellow police officer. Veteran patrolman Freddo Parisi shot and killed an African-American drug suspect, Tommy Richardson, after the victim pointed a gun at him. Internal Affairs is satisfied but Greevy has his doubts, especially after he learns that Parisi was involved in a previous shooting. It's a thorny case with complaints coming from the African-American community and from the police union. The more they investigate, the more convinced they become Parisi planted the gun on the victim. It's not an easy prosecution for ADA Stone however. There are no witnesses and Parisi's partner is backing up his partner's story. When it turns out Tommy was out buying drugs, getting evidence from the drug dealer becomes crucial. Written by garykmcd

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20 November 1990 (USA)  »

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Based on the Edmund Perry case. Perry was a 17 year old Harlem resident and graduate from Phillips Exeter who was shot to death by undercover New York plainclothes police officer, Lee Van Houten, on June 12, 1985. Van Houten maintained that Perry and another black youth, later identified as Edmund's brother Jonah, attempted to mug him and that he shot in self-defense. The case briefly generated a firestorm of protest in New York City when it was revealed that Perry was an honor student and was enrolled to attend Stanford on scholarship; however, witnesses backed up Van Houten's claim that Perry and Jonah had attempted to mug the officer and the shooting was ruled as justified. Jonah was then arrested and charged as an accomplice for the mugging, but was found not guilty at trial. See more »


Greevy tells Reverend Thayer that Tommy Richardson was shot 'the other night'; but the time stamp before the scene reads August 7th, whereas the time stamp for the previous scene read July 21st. See more »


Captain Donald Cragen: If you're wrong, and you go after cops...
Sgt. Max Greevey: If I'm wrong, I'll go to the grand jury and say I killed the kid.
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References Sudden Impact (1983) See more »

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