Chicago PD 3×16 “The Cases That Need To Be Solved”

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This was a tough one. This was an emotional episode. Not only did something horrible happen, but it was a senseless violent act that took place by accident. 6-year-old Noah Johnson lost his life due to a case of mistaken identity. The horrible thing is that this episode was a little bit too real.

Source: NBC

Source: NBC

The Intelligence team is called to the scene of a homicide of a ‘tender age black male’ who was shot execution style in an alley. Everyone is feeling this case. Every murder is a tragedy, an unneeded occurrence, however as Antonio says later on most murder victims they investigate put themselves in that situation but poor Noah had no choice. At first it looks as though the murder is gang related. Noah’s father Brian is affiliated with the West Side Posse who is currently having some beef with the G Park Lords. It appears that Noah was killed as some type of payback or message. That thought alone is horrifying, that there are people capable of such a horrible crime. But what makes it even worse is that the team discovers that this crime is meaningless because the killers confused Brian Johnson with Bryon Johnson. The intended target is a member of the 23’s gang who apparently raped one of the murderer’s sisters. Innocent young Noah Johnson lost his life because some gang members retaliated against another heinous crime without clarifying the identity of the rapist. It’s even more heartbreaking because none of this needed to happen and it’s so upsetting and horrifying because the one person to pay the price was a six-year-old boy who did nothing wrong and had no choice in any of this.

Source: NBC

Source: NBC

It’s a scary world we live in today when a story like this could happen and probably has happened. The episode gets even more real when a Reverend from the area comes to talk to Voight. He is concerned over the treatment of the murderer if and when he is apprehended. Now I know what you’re thinking, why would someone be worried about the treatment of the monster that murdered a child? It is because there are other social issues to be concerned with other than the gang violence on the streets. It is the violence that police show black citizens. You might have seen the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter making the rounds on the Internet. This a movement to call attention to the violence black citizens are facing at the hands of law enforcement. The Reverend is concerned that Voight and the Intelligence team will mistreat the suspects or culprits because of their race. Of course Voight replies saying that ‘Black Lives DO matter to me’ he has been a cop for 25 years protecting everyone in his city no matter their race, culture, sexual orientation or gender. Which is the way it should be. I am glad to see that Chicago PD is at least making note of this issue if not fully discussing it yet. It is nice to see a network television show that has the guts to broach a hot button issue that is currently happening instead of just relying on entertainment to get ratings.

Source: NBC

Source: NBC

Not only was the story of this episode heartbreaking but it was entirely upsetting because it is too real. Innocent people are killed everyday, innocent people loose their lives, are mistreated, are murdered and it is horrible to think that it could be over something as stupid as mistaken identity or that it could be at the hands of the very men and women we rely on to protect us. This episode really made me think and really had me concerned with the state of our world. I hope that it had the same effect on the rest of it’s viewership.

Shea McKeown

Shea McKeown

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