Detectives Max Greevy and Mike Logan investigate the shooting of two young African-Americans on a crowded subway train. There are several witnesses to the shooting leading them to hospital technician Laura Di Biasi, a one-time dancer who had to give up her career as a dancer after a violent assault some years before. She doesn't deny the shooting but is claiming self-defense as she was afraid of being raped by the two men. The police conclude that she may have been out to deliberately avenge her earlier attack against anyone and Executive ADA Stone agrees to charge her with murder. He realizes however that should he lose the case, it will be sending New Yorkers a message that it's okay to shoot and ask questions later. Written by
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Based on the Bernhard Goetz (aka the 'subway vigilante') case. On December 22, 1984., Goetz shot four young black men - Barry Allen, Troy Canty, Darrell Cabey (all 19) and James Ramseur (18) - in a Manhattan subway. Goetz surrendered to police nine days after the shooting and was eventually charged with attempted murder, assault, reckless endangerment, and several firearms offenses. Goetz claimed that the 4 young men had threatened and tried to rob him. A jury later found him not guilty of all charges except for one count of carrying an unlicensed firearm, for which he served eight months of a one-year sentence. In 1996, one of the shot men, Darrell Cabey, who had been left paraplegic and brain damaged as a result of his injuries, went to civil court (with a black/Latino jury) and won a judgment of $43 million against Goetz, See more
The dates shown are in the middle of February. On the wall of the hospital administrator's office when the detectives are talking to him, the calendar shows March 1999. See more
Executive A.D.A. Benjamin "Ben" Stone
Do you have any other personal views on this subject you'd like to air before we walk into court and Ms. Shambala Green hands us our asses on a platter?