Blue Bloods (2010–…): Season 6, Episode 11 - Flags of Our Fathers - full transcript

Danny is interrogated by the District Attorney's investigator when his ex-partner is accused of planting evidence in order to wrap up a homicide case. Also, when radical anti-government ...

Thank you.

You've got the police chief of
Rome and his people at 3:30.

Make sure the espresso machine
is up and running.

Good. Done.

Pretty much.

Let's have it.
Believe me,

you don't want it.

A group called
“Battle for Peace”

is applying for a permit

to demonstrate
at Veterans Memorial Plaza.

Battle for Peace
is an oxymoron.

Emphasis on “moron.”

That goes to Community Affairs.

It did. From the lieutenant

to the captain,
to the C.O.,

to the chief, to you.

Demonstrations are being held
every day in this city.

Now can I please have my coffee
and read my paper?

Not demonstrations that involve
burning an American flag.

All right.

They're led by a kid
named David Gore--

young but smart, media-savvy.

You want me to contact legal?

Maybe there's a way out of this.

Supreme Court says flag-burning
is protected speech.

Having said that,
I want a sit-down

with this media-savvy whiz kid.

You sure that's a good idea?

No, but set it up.

So, thank you for letting us
come talk to you guys today.

And remember, if you need help,
that's what we're here for.

Now, Officers Reagan
and Janko have agreed

to answer some questions?


Do you ever worry
about getting hurt?

That's a risk that you take when
you become a police officer.

But we try to be careful.

We're trained to handle

all types of
situations, and you rely

on your partner
to watch your back.

Officer Janko?

Aren't you kind of hot to be a cop?

Tommy, that's

That's the reason that I ride
with Officer Reagan.

It kind of balances things out
a little bit.


You said it's the NYPD's job

to help people?

That's right.

Well, a cop killed my father.

He didn't do anything wrong,

but they shot him anyway.

Cops are murderers.

Got it. We're on our way.

Port Authority cop
just detained our guy.

Told you he'd try
to skip town.

Must be your lucky day.

Detective Reagan?

Anthony Abetemarco.

I'm an investigator
for the D.A.'s office.

Oh. Congratulations.

Whatever it is
will have to wait.

Yeah, you worked
the Marcus Donovan homicide

with Detective Darryl Reid?

Yeah, about a hundred
years ago. Why?

What's this all about?

There's evidence of serious
procedural irregularities

by the NYPD.

Detective Reid's already
jammed up.

Now we want to talk to you.

Right this way.

You know you're under

no obligation to speak
to me, Detective.

Well, I got
nothing to hide.

What was your relationship
with Detective Reid?

Well, we weren't dating,
if that's what you mean.

You think this is a joke?
Yeah, I do

think it's a joke. In fact,
I think it's a bunch of crap.

All right? I worked
with the guy

for eight months seven years
ago. He was a good cop.

Yeah, well, we have reason

to believe
he planted blood evidence

on the clothing

of Marcus Donovan,
which led to his conviction.

What led to his conviction
was the fact

that he killed an elderly couple

after they cashed
their Social Security check.

There were no witnesses.

The gun was never recovered.

There's no witnesses

because everybody's scared
to death of Marcus Donovan

'cause he's a maniac.
The fact remains that Donovan was convicted

because the victims' blood
was found on his shirt,

and Reid put it there.

The question is,

did you know about it?

You're joking, right?

If you were part of this
in any way, Detective,

now's the time to come clean.

I mean, come on,
I ask that question of perps

every single day myself,
all right?

We got a
time-sensitive matter

related to an ongoing

What do you know? Got to go.

I got more questions,

Have fun with that.

What is he talking about
in there?

Nothing. Bunch of hot air.

You think they're trying to get
you to hang Reid out to dry?

Reid is a good cop, okay?

He would never have to plant
evidence to make a case,

especially against a
rat like Marcus Donovan.

Sounds like
they got him pretty good.

Come on. He's a
decorated detective.

Marcus Donovan's got
a rap sheet a mile long.

Who would you believe? And
why'd you pull me out of there?

What's so pressing?

Close the door.

What are you doing here?

Violating about a dozen rules
of protocol, but we got to talk.

Does this have anything to do
with, uh, your crony over here

asking me questions about
a case from seven years ago?

Yeah, and you didn't
hear it from me,

but don't say another word
without an attorney present.

Why the hell
do I need a lawyer?

We've been investigating
Darryl Reid for two months.

We have him dead
to rights on perjury

and tampering
with physical evidence.

I don't believe it.

Yeah, well, you better.

His career is in
serious jeopardy,

and he's probably going to jail.

And anyone complicit in
those crimes is going down, too.

♪ Blue Bloods 6x10 ♪
Flags of Our Fathers
Original Air Date on December 11, 2015

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♪ ♪

I'm really sorry
about Lily's outburst.

That's okay. Do you know
what happened with her father?

All I know is he was shot by a
police officer three years ago

and Lily's been in a
downward spiral ever since.

And she lives
with her mom now?

Lily's mother has
substance abuse issues.

Disappeared a few months
after the shooting.

Lily lives with
her grandmother now.

She's had her share
of heartache.

Before the shooting, Lily
was an excellent student.

Now she barely shows
up, and when she does,

she's combative,

Has anyone tried to help her?

A counselor or a shrink?

All of the above. Lily
wants no part of it.

Any trouble outside of school?

Well, caught smoking pot,

The grandmother
can't control her?

She's a nice lady,

but she's in over
her head with Lily.

Seems like
we all are.

Is there anything
that we can do to help?

Lily's angry at the world.

She doesn't
trust anyone.

Unfortunately, that all started

with someone
wearing a uniform like yours.

There he is.

Pride of the 5-4 squad.

Darryl Reid.
How you doing?

Ah. Depends on
who you ask.

You look good, Danny.
Thank you.

How's the family?
Eh, okay.

How about you?
How's the wife?

we split up last year.

I'm sorry.

Ah, finally came to her senses.

You know how it goes.


I'm starting to figure it out.

Look, I, uh, got a visit
from the D.A.'s office

about the Marcus Donovan case.

They got nothing better
to do than dig up

good collars and rip 'em apart.

They say
you planted blood on Donovan.

What'd you say?

Said you're the best detective
I ever worked with.

You're a stand-up guy, Danny.

I told 'em you're the last guy
in the world

who'd need to fix a case.

I mean, that's true, isn't it?

He slaughtered that couple
for 300 bucks.

He got what he had coming.

I agree.

I'm also getting the feeling
you're gonna tell me something

that I really don't want
to hear right now.

The case stalled.

We had nothing solid.

It was going cold.

ADA wasn't gonna charge Donovan.

So you flake the guy?

Where the hell did you even get
the blood to plant on him?

I dropped by the M.E.'s office
where they autopsied the vics.

You stole the blood
from the lab?

He was gonna walk, Danny.

Now, when the D.A.
reopened the case,

forensics turns up lab chemicals

in the blood
I put on Donovan's shirt.

Well, it makes sense why
they're looking at me now.

Relax. I told 'em you had
nothing to do with it.

Well, I don't think your word
carries a lot of weight

with them right now,
just saying.

Sounds like
you're taking their side.

I'm not taking their side,
but you did just tell me

that you tampered with evidence
in a homicide.

This animal would've taken more lives
if we didn't put him in a cage.

You got a problem with that?

I got a problem with you
not telling me what you did.

I was your partner.
It was my case, too.

I could have helped you.

I was trying to protect you.

Okay? Just in case

something like this happened.

Now I got to pay the price.

I'm sorry
you got jammed up, Danny,

but I could not
let that bastard skate,

so I did what I had to do.

Excuse me.

I have David Gore
for you, Commissioner.

Well, let's have him.

Thanks for coming in.

May I call you David?
Of course.


It's good to meet you,

I've reviewed your application
to demonstrate.

Is that standard procedure?

It is not.

But I have some questions.

Chief among them if we intend
to burn the American flag?

That would be one of them.

We do.

Well, of course,
that is your right.

It is.
But you and I

both know that that's gonna
make a lot of people very angry.

“Peace demands
the most heroic labor

and the most
difficult sacrifice.”

Thomas Merton.

I'm impressed.

Look, David, you and I don't
agree on a whole hell of a lot,

but whatever message
you're trying to send here--

burning the flag
will drown it out.

It is a polarizing act.

But the pro-war forces
in this country have

vastly superior resources,

which forces us
to take radical action.

At the Veterans Memorial.

We respect the sacrifice
of veterans.

Now, why dishonor them when your
argument is with the government?

My father was a Marine.

He died in Iraq in 1990.

Then the memorial honors
his service.

The only thing
his death accomplished

was to strengthen
the war machine

that runs this country.

Sometimes you have to fight
for what you believe in.

That's exactly why I'm here.

Here's your permit.

Only a fool seeks peace
by inciting violence.

Martin Luther King.

Frank Reagan.

Linda said you
were working late.

Well, I do have active cases.

Unless, of course, you're here
to, uh, charge me, too.

You've been cleared of any
wrongdoing in the Donovan case.


You don't seem
very relieved.

Well, I didn't do
anything wrong.

And, then, what's gonna happen
to Marcus Donovan now?

Judge ordered a new trial
on the murder charges.

So there's a chance
the son of a bitch

could stay behind bars?

Unfortunately, the case is thin,

and in light of
Reid's actions,

I think a conviction
is highly unlikely.

Which means a murderer is free
to start killing all over again.

Hey! Hey!

Those bastards
have no right!

Sid, they do.

And they know
how to get their message out.

They're slapping the face
of everyone

who ever wore the uniform.

They don't see it that way.

Well, what other way
is there?

If this wasn't gonna make
the front page before,

it sure will now.

Yeah, well, you play with fire,
you get burned.


Let me guess.

You're here
to investigate us.

No. I don't hold a grudge.
Since when?

Look, I need to talk to
you about Marcus Donovan.

Start talking.
You guys are not seriously thinking

about dropping
charges against him.

Well, the D.A.
hasn't signed off on it,

but it's headed that way.

Come on, Erin,
you can't do that.


He killed those people.
Okay, I believe you,

but I still need something
to prove it in court.

Reid falsified the evidence
because you guys

didn't have enough
to nail Donovan.

I know that!

so no physical evidence,
no witnesses...

I know!
and after seven years,

the chance of you building
a solid case is slim to none.

I know that, too, okay?

But Marcus Donovan doesn't.

It's not gonna work, Danny.

Look, we meet with him,
and you tell him

you'll reduce his sentence
if he pleads guilty.

He'd accept that why?
Because if he's found guilty

in a new trial, he's gonna end
up right back where he started.

Come on, it's worth a shot.

It's a long shot, Danny.

Donovan has
a smart enough lawyer

to get his conviction


Reid screwed up.

Okay? I know it.

But I worked this case, too.

If this guy
walks now,

it's gonna be on me.


There she is.

Hey, look,

I know you're just trying
to help this girl.

I-I'm just not sure this is
the right way to do it.

She has a right
to know the truth.

Come on.

Hey, Lily.

Remember us?

Yeah. Screw you.

Hey, watch
your mouth, Lily.

Or what?
You guys gonna shoot me, too?

What do you think happened
to your father, Lily?

He was walking home
from the store one night,

when a couple of cops
started hassling him.

And when he tried

to walk away, they shot him.

Who told you that?

My mom--
before she took off--

and my grandmother.

Yeah, well, that's
not exactly how it went down.

How would you know?

I read the police report.

This may be really hard
for you to hear, but...

your father was caught
selling drugs.

That's a lie.
During the arrest,

your father pulled a gun
out of his pocket,

and that's when
the officers shot him.

The cops made that stuff up so
they wouldn't lose their jobs.

They recovered
the drugs and the gun, Lily.

And there were witnesses.

My father was a good guy...

and you guys killed him.

He probably was
a really good guy,

but he made some mistakes,

and it cost him his life.

We don't want you
going down the same road.

Just leave me alone.


Well... so much
for the truth.

How you feeling, David?

Mild concussion,

a few stitches-- I'll live.

Could have been a lot worse.

And it didn't have to happen.

I'm glad it did.

A group of peaceful protestors

being attacked
on live television?

That's a good day for us.

You're lucky
a lot of your people

weren't seriously injured.

No thanks to your officers.

The police assigned
to protect us

intentionally failed to do so.

I didn't figure you
for the kind that plants a bomb

and then blames the bomb squad
when it goes off.

Your people stood down,

They manned their posts.
I was there.

NYPD was openly hostile
to my people, to our cause...

Two of my men were hospitalized.

I'm sorry they were hurt,

but they have
an affirmative duty to protect

the rights of citizens,
whether they agree with them

or not.

We did our job.

We're not done.

I rescheduled the

We will burn the American flag
in the name of peace.

That flag,

that you consider a prop
and a stunt,

has draped
the coffins of Americans

who died to give you the right
to ignore that sacrifice.

You're spitting on their graves.

♪ ♪

Her grandmother's been lying

to her for three years, which
is why Lily's walking around

with a giant chip
on her shoulder

thinking that her father
is some innocent victim.

Well, did you ever think
that maybe she's trying

to protect Lily's memory of her dad?
Yeah, but feeding

this girl a bunch of lies
is ruining her life.

Look, when my dad
went to prison,

nobody shielded me
from anything,

and I was forced to see my dad
for who he really is--

and that wasn't
such a great thing.

Why not?

Because every little girl
thinks her dad's a hero,

and when she finds out
that he's not a hero,

it changes everything.

Okay, but Lily's been told
that her father was a great guy,

and she's circling the drain.

I think she's better off
knowing the truth.

Mr. Gomez?

I'm sorry to bother you,
but I need your help.

What's going on?

Lily Coleman's grandmother
called yesterday.

Lily never came home.
She's missing.

♪ ♪

Will your lawyer be
joining us, Mr. Donovan?

I don't need my damn lawyer.

I just need y'all
to let me up out of here.

Well, the judge has
ruled that you'll

remain in custody pending
the result of the new trial.

You got nothing
shows I killed those people.

You never did.


You remember me?

You're one of the lying pigs
who set me up.

I'm just the pig that's gonna
make sure you stay locked up.

Say what you came to say.

I'm authorized to offer you
a deal, Mr. Donovan.

You're currently serving
50 years for two homicides.

If you agree to plead guilty
to two counts of manslaughter,

we can recommend a reduction
of sentence to 14 years,

to include time served.

Now, why in the hell
would I do that

when I'm about
to walk out of here?

'Cause you're not
gonna walk out of here.

Hey. And if you
pass up on the deal

and go back to trial,

I'm gonna personally rebuild
the case against you.

And you will die in this
rat hole, you understand?

Do I look like
a damn moron to you?

Well, actually, you do.

If you had a case,
you'd take me to trial,

instead of begging me
to take some half-assed deal.

Now who's the moron?

Well, that would still be you.

Let's go.

He may be psychotic,
but he happens to be right--

we have nothing.

Come on, there's got to be
something you can do.

I have an obligation
to advise the D.A.

that we have
insufficient evidence

to proceed with a new trial.

I am sorry, Danny.

Push people too far,
they push back.

That was one hell of a scene
there at Veterans Plaza.

Why would anyone want
to burn the American flag?

They do it all the time
in the Middle East.

It's one thing when it
happens overseas, boys,

but when an American lights
a match in our own backyard...

Amen to that.

Maybe a lot of people disagree
with our foreign policy.

Or maybe they're just
a bunch of ungrateful

knuckleheads who
have no respect.

They're entitled
to their point of view, Danny.

That's all I'm saying.
The fact remains

burning the flag is protected
under the First Amendment.

- No one disputes that.
- I do.

I fought under that flag.
Just like Dad,

just like Grandpa.
As far as I'm concerned,

you want to burn it,
you don't love this country,

get the hell out.

It's not that simple, Danny.

Oh, now we got to hear
from the golden boy

who never even
wore a uniform?

I wear one now, and no one
respects what the flag

stands for more than I do.

You know what, then
I'll tell you what.

Hop on an airplane,
go to some godforsaken hellhole,

and watch all your buddies
get blown away, then talk to us

- about what the flag stands for.
- Hey.

Let's keep it civilized, okay?

Look, everyone at
this table respects

your service,
but when you defend the flag,

you defend all the rights
it stands for.

Especially the rights of
the people you disagree with.

But just because you have
the right to do something

doesn't mean
it's the right thing to do.

Especially when
you're dishonoring

the people who died
for your freedom.


No one said it's right.

Well, you start
limiting freedoms

so no one's offended,
and soon we won't have any.

Burning the flag is shameful,
but it's legal.

What do you do

when it's both, Grandpa?

Your job.

All right, guys.

Time to go. Come on.

Actually, meet me
in the car, okay?

All right.

Anything new

on the Donovan case?
I presented

the facts to the D.A.


He told me to drop the charges.

Come on. You can't do that.

Danny, even if we go to trial,
we have no case.

I'll make a case. Just
give me a little time.

Donovan spent seven years
in jail

because a cop broke the law.

No. He spent seven years in jail

because he murdered
Joe and Janet Campanella.

Married 47 years.

Four children.

Seven grandchildren.

You don't play fair.

Just 48 hours.

Can you give me 48 hours,

I will get you the
proof you need,

and if I don't, you drop the
charges against Donovan, okay?

48 hours.

She could be anywhere.

Hopefully she stuck
around her neighborhood.

Has Lily ever run away

Grandmother said
this is the first time.

Guess that's on me.


Right there.


Hey, what are you doing
out here?

I'm fine, okay?

Let us take you home.

This is where I want to be.

Look, I'm sorry
that I said that stuff

about your father, Lily.
I-I had no right.

If I knew that...

It's not like I haven't heard
bad stuff about him before.

I guess it was just...
easier not to believe it.

What he did, that's not
on you-- that's on him.

He could be really sweet,
you know?

He'd cook me breakfast.

Then we'd watch TV.

The Three Stooges.

We'd laugh
until our stomachs hurt.

It's good you have
those memories.

I haven't been happy like that
since he died.

Mostly, just...


Tired of being mad all the time.

Tired of missing him.

There's people who can help you,
Lily, if you let them.

Can they bring my dad back?

No. I wish they could.

Come on.


Shot for my pal.
I'm okay.

Looks like the D.A.'s not gonna
get Marcus Donovan a new trial.


I got two days to come up
with anything I can

that'll keep that mutt
behind bars.

I really need your help.

You're on your own.

Nobody knows this
case as good as you.

Truth is I really don't care
if Donovan walks or not.

You're still a cop.

Actually, I'm not.

They took my gun and my shield
this morning.

I'm sorry.

And I'm facing felony time.

Donovan gets to walk out of the
jail the same time I walk in?

You could still do some good
right now.

Do some good?

I spent my entire career
doing good.

I put my ass on the line
every day.

And what do
I get for it?

A “screw you” from
the department and a jail cell.

You still got a choice
to make right now.


And now Donovan and every other
scumbag murderer in this city--

it's no longer my problem.

I'm done.

The new Battle
for Peace rally

is scheduled
for tomorrow at 2:00.

Some people never learn.

I want our manpower doubled.

And after
what happened

last time, the media
is gonna be all over this.

David Gore
is on TV claiming

the NYPD didn't protect
his people.

Any truth to that?

Spoke to the Borough
Inspections Unit.

They got no evidence of our guys
sitting on their hands,

though I sure as hell
wouldn't blame 'em.

What about IAB?

I didn't see any reason
to drag 'em into it.

If there are officers
who stood down,

I want them disciplined.

And we sure as hell don't want
'em out there tomorrow.

Make the notification to IAB.

Yes, sir.

I want the counterprotesters

Put some undercovers
in their ranks.

And you run the operation.

I'll take a pass on that,
if it's okay.

Boss, I lost a grandfather,
two uncles

and more friends than
I can count serving that flag.

I still carry
shrapnel in my hip.

These people

what they get, if you ask me.

I didn't ask.

It's not a request.

I just can't stand by
and watch 'em

torch the flag.
It's an order.

Maybe we should take it down
a notch, guys.

Really appreciate you coming
in here, Mr. Tavares.

Sure. I just don't know
how I can help you.

I think you can help me.
Why don't you take a seat.

Now, you were working
security at the pharmacy

across the street from
where the Campanellas

were shot and killed
seven years ago. Is that right?

Yeah. But like I told
the detective back then,

I didn't see those people
get shot.

Yeah. I-I read your statement.

See, here's the thing,
Mr. Tavares,

is that the guy

who killed those people,
who we put away

for the rest of his life,
he's gonna be set free

if we can't find someone
who can I.D. him as the shooter.

So that's where you come in.

I'm sorry to hear that.

But I didn't see anything.

Well, it's funny, 'cause I spoke
to all the other employees

who were working that night,
and they said you were outside,

in front of the pharmacy,
at the time of the shooting.

So I think
you did see something.


Marcus Donovan...

he's crazy.

Him and his friends terrorized
that neighborhood for years.

And they hurt a lot of people.

That's why no one

testified against him back then.

And that's why no one's
gonna testify against him now.

You're telling me
that you saw that animal

shoot those people in cold blood

and you don't have the stones
to come forward,

even after all these years,
and do the right thing?

I'm saying,
unless I'm under arrest,

I'm going home.

Come on, help me out.

I'm on the clock
here, all right?

Just run the physical
evidence again.

I'm looking for fingerprints,
DNA, anything.

Oh, you're too busy?

Is that right?
Okay, I'll tell you what.

When this murdering prick
gets out of the joint

looking for a new victim, I'll
be sure he gets your address.

You been here all night?

A lot of good it's done.

This is Reid's mess, Danny.
It's not yours.

You can tell that
to his next victim's family.

Detective Reegan?

It's Reagan.

And what do you want,
Mr. Tavares?

I-I've been thinking,

about the night
that couple got killed.

Oh, I've been thinking
about it, too. Believe me.

I'll testify.

What did you say?

I'll testify.


What made you change your mind?

It's like you said, I...

Sometimes you just
got to stand up and...

do the right thing.

Well, you're doing
the right thing.

Would you take
his statement, please?

Get it to me
in an envelope right away.

Sure. Is everything okay?

That's what I'm gonna find out.

My partner will take
your statement, okay?

Follow her.

Sorry I'm late.

Meeting with my lawyer.

You remember Reuben Tavares?

Hum a few bars.
He worked security

across the street from where
the murders took place.

Yeah, so?

I re-interviewed him last night.

Stuck to the
same old story.

Says he didn't see anything
the night of the murders.

This going somewhere, Danny?

He just showed up
back at the squad an hour ago.

Changing his whole tune.

Talking about how he wants
to put his hand on the Bible

and swear that he saw Marcus
Donovan murder that couple.

Something you said
must've gotten to him.

Well, see, I think something
somebody else said

might have gotten to him.

Either way, you make the case.


Guys like Tavares
do not get brave overnight.

Do you believe Tavares
saw Donovan kill those people?


Then take a yes, all right?

You wanted Donovan,
you got him. Walk away.

Did you threaten Tavares,
make him change his story?

You came to me...

...the day my career ended.

Asked for my help
making this case.

Now you want to point fingers?

Tavares wouldn't testify

because he was scared stiff
of Donovan.

Now he wants to testify.

Because he's scared stiff
of somebody else.

Let's just say

I gave Tavares a come-to-Jesus.

And I'm not saying I did.

You got no knowledge.

Your hands are clean.

Now, you got Marcus Donovan
by the throat, Danny.

All you have to do now
is squeeze.

Hi, Lily.

Glad to see you
back in school.

My grandmother was having
a nervous breakdown,

so I came.

But it's only temporary.

Well, what does that mean?

It means I'm out of here.

Got some money stashed.

Heading to Florida,
maybe California.

You're 13, Lily.
If you take off,

that makes you a runaway. The
authorities will track you down,

bring you back.

And I'll run away again.

You can't run away
from your problems, Lily.

Which is why you really need
to talk to someone.

My whole life changed
the night my dad died.

Who can I talk to about that?

Hi, Lily. My name's Chris.

Officer Chris Frye.
You-you know who I am?

What the hell is this?

Take it easy, Lily. He's got
something he wants to say.

I've wanted
to reach out

to you a thousand times,
but I knew that

nothing I could say
would make a difference.

You're right.

You killed my dad.
You ruined my life.

Hear him out, Lily.

Listen, I know
you must hate me.

Even though I did my job,
I hated myself for a long time.

So I'm supposed to feel
sorry for you?


I've done enough of that myself.

Listen, Lily...

I lost something, too,
that night, okay?

It's nothing
compared to what you lost.

But it was enough...

to make me
not want to live anymore.

Chris got help, Lily.

You can, too.

I work at New Tomorrow
Youth Center now.

People deal with problems
like this every day.

If you let them,
I think they can help you, Lily.

I'm sorry about your dad, Lily.

47 hours and 36 minutes.

You're cutting it
a little close, Detective.

Tough case.
This is the motion

to dismiss the murder charges
against Marcus Donovan.

You have any reason
why I shouldn't file it?

Yeah, 'cause
he's a murdering scumbag.

Any reason I can use in court?

I keep...
I keep thinking about Reid

planting that blood on Donovan.

He broke the law, Danny.


But I know why he did.

I mean, I've crossed the line
plenty of times myself.

It's part of the job, you know?

Yeah, but there's a line

that you don't cross.

Reid must've thought
to himself,

“Do I want a clear conscience,

or do I want an innocent
victim's blood on my hands?”

What's going on, Danny?

I came up empty.

I'm sorry.

I know this was
important to you.

I cannot believe
that son of a bitch

is gonna be out on the street.

He's gonna screw up again.

He's gonna be right back here.

It's just a matter of time.

Well, I hope no one has to die
because of it.

There something
you're not telling me?

Doesn't matter anymore.

You okay?

Sure, I am.

You're a lousy liar.

I could use a drink.


Lieutenant Gormley
to see you, sir.

Damnedest thing I ever saw.


We had the counterprotesters
under control.

Battle for Peaceniks
had the place for themselves.

And they walked away.

They never even
lit the match.

Sounds like a happy ending.


You know, but I keep
asking myself,

why would they back down?

Well, you'd have to ask them.
You changed the venue.

You went from
the Veteran Memorial

to the Oakdale
National Cemetery.

Well, there were
security issues,

traffic concerns.

Sometimes you just get lucky.

All due respect,
that's a load of crap.


Well, not that I owe you

an explanation, Lieutenant,

but David Gore's father

was KIA in Iraq.

He's buried in Oakdale.

Oh. And you knew the kid

couldn't burn a flag
on his father's grave.

That was my hope.

Guess that's why you're on
that side of the desk.

Just wanted you
to know--

me fighting the assignment

wasn't out of any
disrespect for you.

I know that, Sid.

You served proudly.

Your family sacrificed
more than their share.

But what we do here... no less sacred.

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