The debate rages over how to treat an informant who shot and killed four police officers. However, did one of the officers try to put undue pressure on him to help catch a dangerous criminal?



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dolores Martin
Mary Markson
Calvin Stokes
Charles Bell
Stokes's Attorney
Calvin Stokes' Attorney


When Detectives Cyrus Lupo and Kevin Bernard arrive on the scene of four fallen police officers, they have to act fast to find the shooter. With a room full of witnesses, they have a description of the culprit but little else. The case becomes even more complex when the detectives discover that the police officers may have known the shooter. The investigation quickly leads them to a circuit of drug dealers, a jealous husband and a remorseful judge who are all pieces of a larger puzzle. Written by NBC Publicity

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22 March 2010 (USA)  »

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The story for this episode is based on four Lakewood, WA cops who were shot in November, 2009 in a Coffee shop while going over morning briefings. The suspect was shot before he could be arrested/brought to trial. See more »


Connie Rubirosa: We're putting you on first to give the bare bones of the case.
Kevin Bernard: It's not going to be much of a trial, is it? He has no defense.
Connie Rubirosa: Well, his lawyer's going for a verdict of manslaughter instead of murder, on the grounds that Stokes acted in a state of extreme emotional disturbance.
Kevin Bernard: So he could get out in ten to twenty years? Why didn't you just allow him to go the feds? He doesn't deserve to go on living, no matter how disturbed he is.
Connie Rubirosa: Detective, when I heard Stokes was arrested, you were the one ...
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References Law & Order: Aftershock (1996) See more »

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Overzealous cops
16 July 2017 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

This particular subject of overzealous cops has been done on Law&Order before. I recall an program in the 90s when it was a detective who was on a mission to singlehandedly clean up the drug epidemic who turned a suburban high school kid as a personal informant and got him and a friend shot, one of them fatally.

In this story an informant shot up a diner full of police and killed four of them, two of them patrol officers who were using him as an unofficial informant to rack up drug collars in the precinct and maybe get a gold shield out of it. According to their captain Glenn Morshower they had the most uniform arrests in the precinct.

The perpetrator makes a compelling case for less than murder in this story. These two threatened Adriane Lenox his mother. Julito McCollum the perpetrator is not without cause for his anger.

In this case Linus Roache with a late arriving piece of evidence shows him not quite the innocent he makes himself out to be. And he did kill two officers whom he had no beef with.

You watch this episode and I'm sure everyone will have their own opinion as to how much culpability is there for all concerned.

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