Law & Order (1990–2010): Season 22, Episode 15 - Law & Order - full transcript

Cosgrove and Shaw must unravel a string of false crime reports to get to the truth surrounding a respected doctor's murder; Shaw becomes the target of retaliation when he files a complaint against two patrol officers.

Are you wondering how healthy the food you are eating is? Check it -
- In the criminal
justice system,

the people are represented

by two separate, yet
equally important groups:

the police, who
investigate crime,

and the district attorneys,
who prosecute the offenders.

These are their stories.

- Hey, you!

Hey! Hold on a minute!

- Hands in the air!
- Hey! Wait! Whoa!

- Now!
- Hey, guys!

Whoa! On a job!

I'm headed to a murder scene
right around the corner.

- And what'd I say
about those hands?

- Officer, they're
still in the air, OK?

I'm a detective with the 2-7.

- Hey, get on the ground.
- There's no need for that.

You gotta listen
to what I'm saying.

- You heard him.
Down on the ground.

Do it now.

- You can put the weapon down.

I'm with the 2-7.
I'm a detective.

My shield is in my coat.

I'm just gonna show
you my shield, OK?

This doesn't have to escalate.
- Don't do it.

- Hey! Hey!
- No, listen!

Listen to me!
- Calm down!

- You're making a mistake!
- Stand still!

- Stop moving! Comply!
- Hey! Hey! Hey!

What the hell are you doing?
What the hell are you doing?

That's my partner!
We're on the job!

We're detectives of the 2-7!

Get off him!
- Get the hell off me!

- Hey, back off!
- That's my partner!

- What the hell
is wrong with you?

- What's wrong with us?
- Idiot!

Idiot! What is wrong with you?

Why? Why?
- Easy, easy, easy, easy.

- What's wrong with
you, you idiot?

- We thought he was
a murder suspect!

- Why? Why did you think that?
- Jalen, easy. Easy.

- Did you see what he just did?
- Yes, I did.

- Hey, a lot of people
say they're cops.

- Do they have a badge?

- It's just a
misunderstanding, OK?

- We're just trying
to do our jobs, bro.

- Yeah, doing our jobs.
- Taking your badges down.

- Don't do that. Come on.
- That's not your job!

- Guys, get out of here.
- This is not over.

- I said get out of here!
- Hey, you're gonna be sorry!

- We're gonna be sorry?
- You're gonna be sorry!

- Just walk away!
- Get the hell out of here!

Jalen. Jalen, easy, easy.

I know. Easy.

You good?

- Yeah.

Just another day in paradise.

- Likely cause of death is
blunt force trauma to the head.

- Ooh, smells like he
took a bath in merlot.

- That bottle is probably
the murder weapon.

- You think?

Bag that.

Get it over to the
lab. Check the DNA.

- Any witnesses?
- None so far.

- Who found the body?

- A sanitation worker.

- A lot of door
cams on this block.

Get a video canvass
of the area as well.

The killer
left a $5,000 watch.

And his cell phone.

Not a robbery.

- Is that the wallet?
- Yeah.

- Still got cash
and credit cards.

Darian Marshall, MD.

- A doctor.

- What's that Bible saying?

He saved others, but he
couldn't save himself.

- Hey.

How's it going?

- What are you doing here?
- Peace offering.

- I came here to apologize.

- Yeah, I see that.

- You're not much
for small talk.

- Correct.

- OK.

I'm up for detective.

You filing a complaint against
me is not going to help,

so I'm asking you to look past

my unfortunate and emotional
reaction to the situation.

We were looking for a killer.

Tensions were high.

- Yeah. Then along came
a big, strapping brother,

so he'll do, right?
- That's not what I...

- You had your guns
drawn, pointed at me.

You didn't even give me a
chance to show you my badge.

- We thought we were
staring down the suspect

of a murder investigation.
- No, no, no, no, no.

You knew you were
looking at a Black man,

and you assumed

that he was a subject of
a murder investigation.

For all you knew, it could
have been a 5' white woman.

- It's always about race.

- It always is with
you guys, isn't it?

- Do what you gotta
do, Detective,

but I'd think real hard
about your next move.

- You threatening me?

- I'm just saying, this
is the brotherhood.

Brotherhood based
on the color blue.

- Victim is a heart surgeon.
As of now, no witnesses.

- Video?
- Nothing so far.

- Any indication
it was a mugging?

- Victim had a wallet
full of cash in his pocket

and expensive jewelry
on, so I don't think so.

- Maybe it was a
drug deal gone bad.

- It's possible, but he was
a cardiothoracic surgeon,

so why...

- Just riffing here, Jalen.

- Not a lot of trafficking
in that area, Lieu.

There was no paraphernalia

or residue in the
victim's possessions,

and there was no drugs
or alcohol in his system.

- ME give a time of death?
- Yeah.

Sometime between 9:00
p.m. and midnight.

- What else do we
know about the vic?

- Divorced.

Lived and worked in
the Upper East Side.

- Any reason why he was down
in the meatpacking district?

- Not yet, but we are
running his financials.

- Put together a timeline.

We'll start at the
hospital where he worked.

- Down to earth, friendly.

Dr. Marshall was one
of the good ones.

Always made a point of asking
about my wife and kids.

There it is.

- Time stamp says
he left at 7:42 p.m.

- Look at that guy.

He seems to be
following Dr. Marshall.

- Do you have any
video from outside?

- Check it out.

- Yeah, Marshall's
talking to that guy.

- Who is he?

- His name's Hopkins.

He's a doctor.

- Thank you.

- I heard what happened.

Tragic. A real loss.

But I'm not sure how I can help.

- Dr. Hopkins, is there
anyone you can think of

who wanted to hurt him?
- No.

I may not be the
right person to ask.

I didn't know him that well.

- You worked together
for a couple of years.

- Yeah. How did
you two get along?

- We were cordial.

If I think of anything,
I'll let you know.

I need to get back
to my patients.

According to
the chief of surgery,

you're not allowed to see
patients anymore, right?

You're on administrative duty.

- And we understand that
Dr. Marshall had something

to do with that.

- I think I'd like to
contact my attorney.

- I think that attorney should
meet you down to the precinct.

- We got you on video

two hours before
Dr. Marshall was killed.

You were yelling at him.
You shoved him into a wall.

- Plus, we know
that Dr. Marshall

was accusing you of misconduct.

Said that you were

performing unnecessary
bypass surgeries on patients.

- Dr. Hopkins will
be fully exonerated.

- Dr. Marshall was scheduled
to testify against you.

- I've done nothing wrong.

I present the pros and
cons of the surgery,

and patients made their
own risk assessments.

Marshall's patients
didn't trust him.

A lot of them ended up coming
to me for second opinions.

- So Dr. Marshall cooked
up a bunch of lies

to make himself look better.

- The Department of Public
Health might beg to differ.

- Come on.

Clearly, you had a bone
to pick with the man.

- You're right. I
couldn't stand him.

He was sanctimonious, butted
into everyone's business,

but that doesn't
mean I killed him.

- Where'd you go that night
after you left the hospital?

- A theater.

- Dr. Hopkins's
alibi checks out.

- He went to the
theater with his wife.

Saw "Othello," in case
you were wondering.

Then they had dinner,
car service home.

So I got ticket stubs, credit
card receipts, and video.

- I just got into
the victim's phone.

The last time he used it
was for a rideshare app.

Car picked him up at
Mercy General at 7:48 p.m.

- Where'd he go?
- A condo building

two blocks from the crime scene.

- On our way.

Nice work, Yee.

- Thanks.

- So you made up your mind?

You gonna file the report?

- Not sure.

Any words of wisdom
you wanna impart?

- Nothing you
haven't heard before.

Blue wall. Brotherhood.

Best to resolve these
things off the record.

You know, all those cop clichés.

But they are clichés
for a reason.

- You're not saying I should
turn the other cheek, are you?

- I'm saying that cops
have long memories.

But I'm white.

Things like that never
happen to guys like me.

- Nope.
- But...

If you wanna press charges
and roll these pricks up,

I got your back till the end.

- Appreciate that, Frank.

- Darian and I had our
issues, but he was a good man.

Worked really hard
to get where he was.

He was a great father too.

- Thank you.

When did you two split up?

- We finalized the divorce
a couple months ago.

- And why did he come
by here last night?

- He came to see our
daughter. We just moved in.

Darian had never
been here before.

- And how long did he stay?

- About an hour. We all
had dinner together.

- Did he happen to mention
where he was going afterwards?

- No.

I kind of rushed
him out of here.

My new boyfriend was
coming over, and he...

I didn't want any drama.

- What? Those two
don't get along?

- No.

Greg, my boyfriend,
he gets jealous.

- So Darian leaves, and then
your boyfriend comes over?

- Yeah.

But he saw there were
three plates in the sink,

knew Darian had just
been here, and he left.

- He just left because there
were three plates in the sink?

- Like I said, he gets
jealous of Darian.

- And how long did he stay?

- I don't know.

Maybe ten minutes.

- We need to talk to Greg.


- The guy was a pompous ass,

always hanging
around my girlfriend.

Couldn't just let her
go, live her life.

- They got a kid together.

- Yeah, I know.

It wasn't just that. It
was his attitude too.

He was always acting like he
was better than everyone else

just because he was a doctor.

- You see him last night?
- Whoa. Hold on.

I didn't kill the guy if
that's what you're getting at.

- I didn't ask you that.

Where'd you go after you
left your girlfriend's house?

- I came back here.

- Here?

That's kind of
late. After 9:00?

- I sell security systems.

Every night, I collect all
the data from the apps,

the ones that report all
the local criminal activity,

and I post the results
on social media.

- You report criminal
activity in this area?

Things are kind of
tame around here.

- Not according to the apps.

My orders have quadrupled
in the last three months.

What can I say? Fear's
a powerful sales tactic.

- What can I say? Alibis
need verification.

- Sure.

Three employees were still
working when I got here,

plus, I've got
surveillance cameras

inside and outside the office.

- Big surprise.

- We can cross
Donnelly off the list.

He definitely was at
his office that night

and didn't leave
till after midnight.

- Yeah, we checked on the posts
that he was talking about too.

- What kind of posts?

- There's these
apps that people use

to report crimes in their area.
- My wife uses it.

Checks out what's going
on in the neighborhood.

- Yeah, so according
to these apps,

there was three
robberies reported

in the vicinity of
Dr. Marshall's murder.

We spoke to two of the vics.

The first one, bodega owner

who accused a kid of
stealing a candy bar.

The second one was a
55-year-old divorceé

who accused a Hispanic man
of looking at her funny.

- What about the third?

- Just found him, and
we're going there now.

- All right.

Let's hope third time's a charm.

- What is this about?

Did you find the
guy who robbed me?

- No, we were actually hoping

that you could shed some
light on the incident for us.

- I already told you
everything that I know.

- If you don't mind, we'd
like to go over it again.

There's a possibility
that it's connected

to a murder that
we're investigating.

- Murder?


- We're not the robbery cops.

- Um, so...

he approached me from behind.

He asked for my
phone, my wallet.

I give him both.

And then, this guy,

he cracks me over the
head with something.

- Could it have been a bottle?
- Yeah.

Whatever it was, it knocked
me unconscious for a second.

- Do you remember what
this guy looked like?

Maybe his height,
his weight, his race?

- Black. 5'7"-ish. Stocky.

- Approximate age?

- He's young. 18, 19.

- Do you remember anything
about his appearance?

His clothing?

- Ski jacket.

Some kind of wool cap.

- Mr. Burke, are you OK?

- Not really.

It was traumatic, all right?

I don't love reliving it.

I thought that I
was gonna die, so...

And I didn't know anything
about this recent tragedy.

After what happened, I
don't really walk around

after dark anymore.

- We understand.

- If that's all, I'd like
you guys to leave, please.

- Thank you.

- Hey, Lieu, Brian
Burke's robbery

and Dr. Marshall's murder
could be connected.

Both victims were
approached from behind,

hit in the head
with blunt objects.

They happened in
the same vicinity,

around the same time of night.

- All right, let's check the
video and door cam footage

from the night of
Marshall's murder

and see if anyone in the area
matches Burke's description.

- Done. Vi's on it.

- Hey. Can I talk
to you for a sec?

Just come on in.

Shut the door.

- What's up?
- So I got a call

from Wagner and Farley's
union rep today.


OK. It was only
a matter of time.

What's he wanna do? Mediate?

- More like attack.

- Excuse me?

- He's coming for you.

He said that you violated
departmental rules

by refusing to
get on the ground.

- They said I...

That lawyer can kiss
my ass. How about that?

- I would not be so
quick to dismiss that.

You gotta trust me.

I come from a long line of cops,

and I know exactly how this
thing is gonna play out.

- Lieu, those two
cops crossed the line.

They wouldn't listen
to a word I was saying.

They wouldn't let me badge them.

They had their guns drawn.

They were practically
itching to light me up.

- It's your call.

I just need to let you
know what's going on.

And whatever you decide,
you've got my full support.

You just have to understand

what you're stepping
into right now.

- What does that mean?
- Come on, Jalen.

As much as I hate to admit it,
you know exactly how it works

when a cop goes
after another cop.

- I'm not the bad guy here.

- Look, the department is
making so many changes,

so many for the good, but
when it comes to this...

This thing...

We are stuck back in 1974.

So it doesn't even
matter how right you are.

And I know.

I know you're right.

This is the kind of thing that
is gonna destroy your career.

- OK.

I get it.

We're supposed to protect
each other, right?

All those rah-rah speeches

about being blue and
protecting your brother,

they were written by white guys.

So you can tell
that union lawyer

and those two white cops

they are trying to
scare the wrong man.

- OK.

I'm gonna call internal affairs

and tell them you're
moving forward.

- Thank you.

- I've gone through
every shred of video

from the night of the murder.

I can't find anyone
who even remotely fits

Burke's description of
the guy who robbed him.

- Worth a shot.

- I did find something
interesting, though.

Surveillance video
from Burke's neighbor.

Check it out.

- That's Burke.

- Taken around the time
of the murder, 10:04 p.m.

Play the video.

His hands are shaking so much,

he can barely hold
on to his keys.

- I thought you didn't go
out after dark anymore.

- What are you...
- 'Cause we got a receipt

that shows you purchased
a bottle of wine

at a local liquor
store at 9:47 p.m.

- And there's a video
of you 15 minutes later

that puts you a block
from the crime scene,

and you're not holding a
bottle of wine anymore.

- So the only question
I have for you now is,

why did you do it?

- This is outrageous.

My client is the victim
of a violent crime.

- Why don't you save your
outrage and indignation

and just have your client
tell us what happened?

- Go ahead. Tell them.

- It was self-defense.

- You're saying he came to you.

- He approached me from behind,

and he pretended to
ask for directions.

And then, I turn around
to get a look at the guy,

and I see he has something
in his hand, a gun,

so I hit him over the head
with the only thing that I had,

which was a wine bottle.

- And then, you
just fled the scene.

- Yeah, I panicked.
- You didn't try to help him?

- Call 911?

- No, I ran home.
I called a lawyer.

She said do nothing.

- I can verify that.

- Great advice, Counselor.

- You see, Darian Marshall...

was really asking
you for directions.

And he wasn't holding a gun.

It was a cell phone.

He was a well-regarded
heart surgeon,

and you left him on the
street to die like an animal.

- No more questions.
We're done.

- You believe him?
- I definitely don't think

he set out to kill
anyone that night.

That's for sure.
- Yeah.

It doesn't mean it was
self-defense either.

- Let me call Price.
See what he thinks.

- Excuse me.

Detective Shaw?
- Yeah.

- I'm Sergeant Frank
Matthews, Internal Affairs.

You got a minute?

- Absolutely. We
can talk in here.

Thank you for coming so soon.

I know Lieutenant Dixon
just reached out to you,

so I appreciate it.

- I'm not here about that.

- OK. What are you here for?

- Officers Wagner and Farley
filed a complaint against you.

- You're here to investigate me?

- You can get in touch
with your union rep

and consult an
attorney if you want.

- I don't need a
lawyer. I don't...

- The officers claim they
ordered you to the ground.

- They did, and I refused.

I wasn't about to get
on my knees for anybody,

much less those two cops.

Now, you and I both know
what could have happened

if I had complied.

- Look, sometimes you
have to let things slide.

Keep an eye on the big picture.
- OK.

- I've had to put up with
a lot to get to where I am.

If you drop your complaint,
I'm confident they will too.

- Right.

- I understand
what it feels like

to be on the other
end of the nonsense.

I do. Trust me.

But let's face it,
nothing really happened.

Nobody got hurt.

So why make a big deal about it,

invite all kinds of
negative attention?

This kind of thing
makes us look bad.

- Us?

- The police.

- Right.

- Price needs to see us.

- Thanks for making
time, Sergeant.

- It's a tough one.

I'm not quite sure what
the right charge is.

- I vote murder.

Innocent man is walking
down the street,

minding his own business.

He gets bashed in the head.

I'm not really sure what
we're discussing here.

- Well, Burke could
have a legitimate claim

of self-defense.

- He can claim
whatever he wants.

He was never in
any actual danger.

And he left the man
bleeding in the street.

- He had recently been the
victim of a violent mugging

in that same neighborhood.

His assailant
hasn't been caught.

A physically imposing man
he's never seen before...

- Physically imposing Black man.


- That approached him
for no apparent reason.

He was in fear for his life,

even though his fear turned
out to be unwarranted.

- I'm no lawyer,

but doesn't that fear
have to be reasonable,

you know, from a objective
person's perspective?

- Frank Cosgrove, Esq.

- But a jury might determine

that Burke's fear
was reasonable.

- Reasonable?

Nolan, softening the charges...

ratifies what they did.

- I'm simply acknowledging
the weakness of a murder case.

You're a lawyer.
You understand that.

- I was a lawyer.

Now, I'm a cop.

A Black cop.

And unfortunately, I just
got yet another lesson

in what that means,
and what that means is,

when you're Black
in this country,

you are guilty in too
many people's eyes.

Burke made a false assumption

based on Dr. Marshall's
skin color,

and worse, he acted
on that assumption.

And now, Dr. Marshall,
that Black doctor, is dead.

If that is not enough
for a murder charge,

I gotta start rethinking
how I'm spending my time

risking my life in
the street with Frank

to bring you good arrests just
to watch you water them down.

- Yes, I will.

Phone won't stop ringing.

CEOs, heads of charities,

more than a handful
of political donors,

all asking me to reconsider
indicting Brian Burke.

- Doesn't surprise
me. He chairs one

of the biggest charitable
foundations in the city.

- Everyone says he's a good man.

Certainly not a racist.

- I'm not challenging
his character, Jack.

I'm challenging his actions.

I've weighed both
sides of the equation.

Jalen Shaw made a
compelling case.

- You want to charge murder?

Can you prove it?

- It'll be close,
but I have to try.

- Why is that?

- If I charge manslaughter,

what kind of message
will I be sending?

That you can assault
and kill Black men

because you're scared?

- Burke's lawyer wants to meet.

Says she has
additional information

we need to consider.

- I know that I should
have called 911.

- Why didn't you?

- I panicked.

I know how it looks,
but I'm not a racist.

- So what is this
additional information

you want us to consider?

- On the, um...
The night of the...

The incident with Dr. Marshall,

I got an alert on my phone

that there was a suspicious
person in the area.

- Who sent the alert?

- Well, it popped up on a
neighborhood safety app.

- What did it say?

- "Be careful.

"There's a dangerous
Black man in the area.

"He's armed.

Exercise extreme caution."

- Did the alert
provide a description?

- A little more than that.

It provided a picture
of Dr. Marshall.

- So Burke actually might
be telling the truth.

- That's definitely
Dr. Marshall.

- Yeah, and these are
the posts that Burke saw.

The first one says, "A tall
Black man just mugged someone.

The mugger is armed and
extremely dangerous."

- Dozens of people post
comments after that.

- Another woman says that
they saw Dr. Marshall,

and she is sure
that he's got a gun.

- Then the story takes
on a life of its own.

It's like a dangerous
fearmongering version

of telephone.

- Who started it?

- A man named Daniel Deluca.

52. Works in real
estate. Lives downtown.

- And he's done this
sort of thing before.

- What do you mean?

- Well, he's posted
that violent people,

usually Black men, are
on certain streets.

He puts up photos.

And then, he makes up stories

about them with guns and knives.

- He gets the
residents all riled up.

And then, inevitably, a chain
of racist rumors follows.

And the posts turn out
to be pure fiction.

- Has anyone else been hurt?
- Yeah.

One man was assaulted by
an angry mob of residents,

and two Black men
were falsely arrested.

- Brooke's lawyers could
wind up calling Deluca

to support their
self-defense claim.

I wanna be prepared
to cross-examine him.

- I look forward to
meeting this guy.

- I don't know what to tell you.

I was walking through
the meatpacking district,

meeting my girlfriend
for a late dinner.

I saw a guy who
looked suspicious.

- What made him look suspicious?

- I thought he had a gun.

Those people, coming
into our neighborhood,

ruining it for the rest of us.

- Those people?

What do you mean by that?

- You know, criminals.

- So you think you're doing
some kind of a public service?

- Actually, I do.

Plus, I've got three
kids, elderly parents.

No one is safe anymore.

- You...

You're out of line.

You can't just go around
posting whatever you want.

That's dangerous. Reckless.

You're practically
asking somebody

to take the law into
their own hands,

maybe even commit
an act of violence.

Turn around.

- You heard him. Turn
around. Turn around.

Come on. Come on.

- Hands behind your back.

Daniel Deluca,
you're under arrest.

- What for?

- Manslaughter.

- I'm assuming you
ran this by Price.

- You arrested Daniel Deluca?

Charged him with manslaughter?

- Good to see you, Price.

- We're on solid
footing with that.

Deluca's actions
were the direct cause

of Dr. Marshall's murder.

- Didn't think to
consult with me first?

- We have initial discretion
to make the arrest, Nolan.

- There were no
exigent circumstances.

- Have a seat.

- You wanna play prosecutor,

join the DA's office.

Otherwise, stay in your lane.

Well, you don't
wanna charge Deluca,

that's on you, buddy.

- We got a good case.

- Not so sure about that.

And we'd have to flip Burke.

- Well, let's flip him then.

- You're the one who urged
me to charge him with murder.

- And I stand by that, but new
information has come to light

that says that Deluca
is more culpable.

He incited Burke.

- He made the guy feel
like he was in danger.

- But for Deluca's post,

Dr. Marshall would
still be alive today.

- I get it, but Burke is the one

who smashed him in the
head with a wine bottle.

- Yes, and Deluca's reckless
posts made him do it.

He has to be held
accountable for that.

- Is there any way you
can prove both cases?

Try Burke and Deluca together?

- I need Burke's cooperation
to win against Deluca.

- You can prove
Deluca was reckless,

that he created a
dangerous situation

and put Marshall's
life in jeopardy

with evidence of
his past behavior.

- But that's only
half the battle.

I need Burke to say
he saw the posts

and that he believed
what was in them.

- Then get him a deal.
Get him on board.

- OK, but I'd be sacrificing
the murder case against Burke

for a much weaker
case against Deluca.

- Opportunity and
risk come in pairs.

If you think Deluca was
the most responsible,

set your sights on him.

- Mr. Burke,
you're here as part

of a cooperation agreement?
- That's true.

- In exchange for
your testimony,

you'll receive a
seven-year sentence.

- Yes. I will plead
guilty to manslaughter.

- Tell the members of the jury,

why did you kill
Dr. Darian Marshall?

- Because I thought that
he was going to kill me.

- Did you believe
he had a weapon?

- A gun, yes.

- Why did you think this?

- Because the defendant
put things on an app.

- You're referring to the
defendant, Daniel Deluca?

- Yes.

I believed what he posted.

I thought that I was in danger,
and I was protecting myself.

- Thank you. Nothing further.

- My client didn't
kill Darian Marshall.

You did.

- Regrettably, yes.

You took a bottle,
smashed it over his head,

and left him to die.

- I wish I could take it back.

- And so, you're doing
the next best thing,

trying to blame someone else.

- Objection. Argumentative.

- Overruled.

- You killed someone,

and then you got
a sweetheart deal

from a prosecutor
who is hellbent

on making a political statement.

- Your Honor.

- Withdrawn. Nothing further.

- You're excused, sir.

- Call your next
witness, Mr. Price.

- People call
Detective Jalen Shaw.

- The defendant started a
chain of racist messages

and then posted a
picture of Dr. Marshall.

- Has the defendant made
postings like this in the past?

- Yes.

- Men... Black men...
Walking down the street,

minding their own business are
the targets of these posts?

- Correct.

- And some of these innocent
men have been arrested,

and one has actually
been assaulted?

- Yes, he was
punched in the head

and then hospitalized
for a concussion.

- Thank you.

- Detective, are you aware
that the NYPD uses these apps

to fight crimes and
put out police alerts?

- Objection. Relevance.

- What is the relevance?

- This is a case
about free speech

and civic participation.

They should be giving my
client a medal for citizenship.

Not being put on
trial for homicide.

- Objection is overruled.

- Counselor, I'm aware
that the NYPD is using...

certain crime-fighting apps.

And when these apps are used
in a responsible manner,

they can be a useful tool.

Problems arise when
they're used recklessly.

- You know a lot about
recklessness Detective Shaw,

don't you?

- Objection. Argumentative.

- Ask another
question, Miss Stanley.

- Violating NYPD rules and
regulations is also reckless,

isn't it?

- It depends on
the circumstances.

- Detective Shaw,
is there a pending

Internal Affairs
complaint against you?

- There's one pending, yes.

- You violated your
department's policy.

You failed to comply with the
request of a fellow officer?

- That is the allegation.

- So your own department has
taken action against you.

- It has.

- And the underlying
incident involves a dispute

that you had with
white police officers.

- I was racially profiled.

- And charging my client,
a white man, with homicide,

that's your way of balancing
the scales, isn't it?

- Objection.
- Sustained.

- Nothing further.

- Detective Shaw,
you're excused.

- Yeah.

- You're the subject of an
Internal Affairs complaint?

- It's complete nonsense.
- That's not the point.

If you had told me, I
would have been prepared.

I would have never
put you on the stand.

- OK. He screwed
up. Let's move on.

What do you need?

- Deluca is going to
testify tomorrow morning.

- The defense has put
us back on our heels,

and at the same time,
they're selling Deluca

as some well-intentioned guy

who bears no responsibility
for what happened.

- We need to disprove that.

- His posts are part of
a pattern of conduct.

- We can get you police reports,

medical records that show
his past posts hurt people.

- I need more. I need evidence

of his motive, his state
of mind, that he is racist.

- I've been looking through
his social media accounts.

He doesn't belong to any
white supremacy groups

or any other fringe

And he's never posted anything
that's scandalous or racist.

- Well, what kind of
things does he post?

- Mostly real estate stuff.

It looks like he buys
and sells apartments.

- Is anybody else
noticing something similar

about all these addresses?

That can't be just
a coincidence.

- My goal is to help
my fellow New Yorkers.

I wanna make a difference,

reclaim the streets
from the criminals

that have taken over
this great city.

- You had no control over
Mr. Burke's actions, did you?

- My heart goes out to
Dr. Marshall's family.

But I had no idea
anyone would die.

- Thank you.

- You're in the real
estate business, correct?

You buy and sell apartments?
- Yes.

- Crime, or reports of crime,

can drive down the value

of buildings in a
particular neighborhood,

can't it?

- It can.

- You've been planting false
reports of criminal activity

in order to decrease
the value of homes

in certain neighborhoods,
haven't you?

Price tags go down,

you purchase properties,
and eventually,

when the neighborhood
is seen as safe again,

you sell the property
and make a hefty profit.

- Objection. Facts
not in evidence.

- Well, then allow me to
give an offer of proof.

A certified report from the New
York City Register's Office.

Four transactions in
the past two years.

- I'll accept the
offer. Proceed.

- You issued...

several fictitious posts
about Black criminals

on streets where each of
these properties were located.

Each of these posts
described a man

as armed, dangerous,
acting erratic.

- I'm not sure about that.

- Well, then let me help
refresh your memory.

You do recognize these posts?

- I guess.

- And then, within
a matter of weeks,

you purchased the apartment.

You made a killing,
didn't you, Mr. Deluca?

- Objection.
- Overruled.

Answer the question, sir.

- I'm a businessman.

I made a profit.

- Thank you.
That's all I have.

- Madame Foreperson, has
the jury reached a verdict?

- We have, Your Honor.

- How do you find?

- We find the defendant
guilty of manslaughter

in the first degree.

- Members of the jury,
thank you for your service.

You are excused.

Court is in recess.

- Congratulations.

- Sometimes we get it right.

But something tells me
that's not why you're here.

- Nope. I just got a call.

Internal Affairs is
closing the investigation.

- Closing it?

- They found your allegations
to be unsubstantiated.

- I wish I could say I
was surprised, but...

And what about their
allegations against me?

- That complaint stuck.

They're suspending you
for a week without pay.

Look, Jalen,

I have seen positive
changes in the department,

but the blue wall is
still the blue wall.