Chicago PD 3×21 “Justice”

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Chicago PD at it again with the hard-hitting issues! The team is in a predicament when one of their officers is shot and their partner, returning fire, shoots what appears to be an unarmed black man. Even with the intense storyline this episode still felt like a commercial for a new Chicago LAW spinoff.

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Source: NBC

I swear if I discover that this really is the introduction to the new installment of the Chicago series I will not be shocked. I think that this was the most interesting and intense episode yet but over half of it was focused outside of the Chicago PD. Peter Stone the District State’s Attorney is our main character this week, as we follow his investigation into the double shooting and the court case that ensues. I’m not going to lie, the legal parts of this episode were very interesting, and it helped that it involved characters we know and love. That being said, do we really want yet another show that will intertwine with Chicago PD to shove more crossovers and cameo’s down our throats? I love the entire series (although I have lapsed in Chicago Fire recently) but I do not enjoy when storylines are manipulated and used to blatantly advertise another show. I watch Chicago PD for it’s own stories, it’s own characters and when they are shoved aside to further the development of another show I get a little frustrated. This episode for instance not only dealt with some hard-hitting issues but ROMAN GOT SHOT! The guy was in the hospital fighting for his life and yet he only gets a few minutes of airtime. The trial and the prosecutors seemed to have been the main focus of this episode.

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The other focus being Burgess and her future with the CPD. Could Kim’s love life have finally put an end to her career? We have seen her be warned countless times, by multiple colleagues regarding maintaining a separation between her professional and personal life, however even after everything that happened with Ruzek she still follows her heart without pause, into bed with Roman. It hit me about halfway through the episode that Kim may very well be in big trouble because she did not heed Platt and Lindsey’s advice. Although Burgess is reinstated after it is revealed that Michael Ellis was in fact the shooter and therefore Kim’s shooting was clean, she is still placed at a desk as what Platt refers to as a ‘time out’. In light of Kim being in yet another relationship with a co-worker, will she have to face the consequences of thinking with her crotch and not her head, as Peter Stone would say?

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Source: NBC

Once again Chicago PD does not shy away from a touchy subject. This time they take the opportunity to discuss the ongoing tension between police and black civilians. Not only is it interesting to see that they would even begin to broach this subject but that they would effectively take the sides of the police. Now of course nothing is good and bad, or black and white, the world is shades of grey, but when I saw where this episode was headed I thought for sure it was going to be a wrongful shooting. I did not think that they would make the black victim the bad guy. I can’t help but wonder if there will be some backlash from this story. Yes the issue is more complex and each case differs greatly, but in context to the Black Lives Matter movement, this episode seems to be standing behind police and framing them as the heroes. They did try to point out that each situation is different, every person is different, by showing the discrimination Michael’s uncle faced at the hands of a racist cop. Was the overall message of this episode that people need to stop seeing colour entirely? Whether it is seeing a criminal or a victim, if you are being biased by the colour of their skin then you are wrong in that perception. This could be the way they meant the story to come across however with tension being so high surrounding this subject matter, I can’t help but think the audience will not get the deeper meaning and focus on the storyline of yet another black criminal in the wrong against police. Let’s not forget that Burgess shot Michael as his back was turned and he was running away. Did he really pose a threat to her in that moment? That is the real issue here. It is the bias that police show between black and white criminals that is the core of the Black Lives Matter movement. That is the issue that needs to change. Would she have done the same if the shooter were white? That is the question. Although the show did deal with this issue it didn’t really dive in to explore it. But perhaps it can be a jumping off point for discussion. That’s really what needs to happen. Society needs to be brave enough to talk about things that might make them uncomfortable so that they can effect change. Even if Chicago PD fell a little short in discussing this issue at least they took a step in the right direction and brought it up for discussion.

Shea McKeown

Shea McKeown

a self professed ‘internet nerd’,spends way too much of her free time online. When she isn’t stuck in the infinite scroll of tumblr, or reading endless amounts of fanfiction, she is marathoning her latest tv obsession. The only problem is, Shea’s television tastes are so expansive, none of her friends have ever heard of the shows she talks about. And she talks often and endlessly about her obsessions. So please for the sake of her friends and loved ones, come talk to her so she can tell you about all of her theories. Her Rants and Ramblings can also be found on her: Tumblr!

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