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An African-American teenager shoots a police officer because he's angry about the lack of investigation into his brother's death. A reopening of that investigation aggravates some deep racial tensions.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lennie Briscoe
Jack McCoy
Serena Southerlyn
Arthur Branch
Carl Halpert
Oni Faida Lampley ...
Janet Thomas
M.E. Gail Berardi
Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers
Jason Hendri
Chad Tucker ...
Stevie Thomas (as Chad C. Tucker)
Officer Adam Brennan
Officer Alice Cushman
Don Cushman


Briscoe and Green are investigating the shooting of a female cop. Initially they think it might have to do with her having an affair another cop. But when they rule it out. They follow a lead on the shooter and arrest him - a young black man. When questioned why he did. He says it's because he's irate at the police for messing up the investigation into his brother's shooting. Green decide to look into it and learns that there were a few oversights made or the evidence is no longer there. When the shooter's lawyer decide to mount a defense on the botched investigation, McCoy tries to make sure that it wasn't botched. So they have the body exhumed so another autopsy could be done but the body is not in the casket. So they turn to the medical examiner who did the original autopsy but she's not exactly forthcoming. Written by

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26 March 2003 (USA)  »

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Lt. Anita Van Buren: [watching defense attorney Carl Halpert leave the squadroom] There he goes: Johnnie Cochran without the rhyme.
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He had to feel small, powerless, unable to ease his mother's pain.
25 November 2017 | by See all my reviews

At a local cafeteria, a female police officer, married with a son, denied a fellow officer proposal. They had a night stand a week before and she wanted to quit. Shortly after she went out, a man shot her three times; luckily, only a bullet hit her in the shoulder, her life was not at stake. Detectives soon track the perp down: an African American eighteen years old guy whose older brother had been killed eight years before, but the police regarded it as suicide at the time; so he held a grudge against police officers and he chose the victim at random. Briscoe and Green began digging in this old case: they discovered many missing papers as well as a missing body and the murderer was already in jail for other felonies; convicted to three life sentences, he had no problem in confessing the crime. Back in the original case, the defense attorney lead the trial to racial matters, drawing the media attention in the process: maybe he could succeed against all odds...

Great performance for the defense attorney (Gregory Hines, in his last role before his death) who reminds me the former district attorney Paul Robinette.

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