A female police officer is accused of killing a fellow police officer, her ex-boyfriend. She firmly maintains her innocence. However, she also says that he abused her, but nobody on the force heeded her warnings or helped her.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lee Jerrold
Officer Steve Felton
Officer Cass
Ellen McLaughlin ...
Officer DiPonti
Dylan Price ...
Det. Pete Bowers
Sgt. McAllen
Officer Marissa Hastings


Detectives Briscoe and Curtis investigate the killing of a police officer Danny Pelham who along with his partner Peter Bowers were on a stakeout looking to serve a warrant on a criminal, Terry Mays. In addition to looking for Mays, the detectives also start looking into his old cases to see if anyone might have been out for revenge. When they catch up to Mays, he tells them he saw someone shoot Pelham. Pelham had just broken up with his police officer girlfriend Marissa Hastings and she was still keeping tabs on him. She's arrested for his murder but it seems he was the one who was assaulting her and she may have killed him out of fear. It turns out she even called Internal Affairs to complain about Pelham and that he's attacked her but they did nothing. They're well into the trial before the prosecution realize they may have got it wrong. Written by garykmcd

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24 March 1999 (USA)  »

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Briscoe, accusing Bower, says "You're off snaking the drain while your partner bleeds out on the pavement." He should have said "draining the snake." See more »


Dr. Emil Skoda: This comes with the usual caveats. For what it's worth, Hastings didn't do it.
Jack McCoy: Beg your pardon?
Dr. Emil Skoda: She said she thought he'd kill her "sooner or later". Not imminently, not any minute.
Jack McCoy: That just torpedoes her claim of self-defense. Doesn't mean she's innocent.
Dr. Emil Skoda: I've talked to a lot of these ladies. Battered women who killed their abusers. They literally thought they'd be dead any minute. Not one of 'em killed until she believed it was the only way out. And then they're anxious to confess and ...
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5 May 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

That worst of all situations for law enforcement, the killing of one of their own brings Jerry Orbach and Benjamin Bratt to the scene as the assigned detectives.

The deceased was a member of the warrant squad and he was shot at close range in a patrol car while his partner was away. After establishing it wasn't the guy these two were trying to pick up, the focus becomes the late victim's personal life and his involvement with a female officer from his former precinct.

Jenny Bacon is filled with anger at the police establishment and all they didn't do to rein her ex-boyfriend in who would not let her go. Her defense attorney is Philip Bosco and he's having a great old time in court pointing all that went wrong for his client.

J.K. Simmons observing Bacon in court gives his psychological assessment and tells Sam Waterston and Angie Harmon what direction their case should take.

This episode is a big indictment of the NYPD and their lack of concern for female officers.

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