Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Season 15, Episode 11

Amaro's One-Eighty (15 Jan. 2014)

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Detective Nick Amaro shoots a suspect, that turns out to be an unarmed African-American 14-year-old boy and suffers the wrath of the city, internal affairs and the justice system.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
A.D.A. Rafael Barba (credit only)
Eileen Switzer
Father Biobaku
Officer McKenna
Didi Denzler (as Mary McCann)


Amaro and Rollins are going home from a party celebrating Benson's passing the sergeant's exam. They hear some police in trouble so they join. Eventually Amaro and a cop he is with are shot at so he shoots back. They discover he shot a young (black) boy. The public is outraged and thinks the police are going to whitewash it. IA investigates and makes a big deal about Amaro drinking at the party. When he goes to see the special prosecutor he's willing to take a plea but the man wants to appease the public so he says there's going to be a grand jury. Written by

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Detective Nick Amaro: That was Munch. He thinks I should just take a plea. Get this over with.
Captain Donald Cragen: He said that?
Detective Nick Amaro: He said just because I'm paranoid doesn't mean I don't have enemies.
Captain Donald Cragen: Well, that sounds like Munch.
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Jail, a real possibility
10 January 2015 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Danny Pino gets himself into a real jackpot over a shooting in this SVU episode. A party is breaking up over Mariska Hargitay's recent promotion to sergeant and as Pino and Kelli Giddish were leaving they see a uniform officer giving chase to a young black suspect. In the end Pino is charged with shooting him and leaving him paralyzed. It was touch and go whether it would be murder.

This certainly was a timely episode as first the department under pressure from City Hall and from citizenry in general to get out from under bad press. That means hanging Pino out to dry guilty or not.

There certainly have been recent stories about police misconduct and the Grand Jury system that fails to indict which makes this one timely story. The episode belongs to Danny Pino who is worried about the future for his wife and kid since jail is a real possibility. Special custodial arrangements would be made since former cops don't really fare well in prison general population.

Nice and timely.

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