Produced by Dick Wolf, the series is about how the members of that Elite Intelligence Unit on the Chicago Police Department are caught in transition.
The world is changing. Groups ranging from social justice activists to the federal government demand law enforcement treat suspects with respect aka Stop the brutality.
Yet some members of the Unit still want to regard the laws pertaining to the pursuit and then arrest of suspects as "guidelines."
Other members back away from that mindset.
Last night, for example, in the episode, one member began to slap around a suspect. His partner pulled him off.
When it was reported to the police, the head of the Unit rehearsed the slap-happy officer on what to say.
But his partner, a young female, reminded him that the city is full of cameras. No longer could that kind of behavior take place. It remains to be seen if she will defend him in any hearing.
In that same episode, two members mandate that the murder suspect, who is cornered, take his gun in his hand. He knows what they want. That is to be able to shoot him dead. They only stop hammering that command when others in law enforcement come on the scene.
A previous episode had the Unit putting together a vigilante kind of justice. The murderer of illegal immigrant women was whacked.
What viewers can't agree on is whether law enforcement should ignore the laws in the name of the greater good.
Surely, Chicago is better off without those lowlifes. In addition, more and more have personally been victims of crime.
It is easy to image that a young relative will be suspected of a crime. Or even found guilty. Therefore, the public has a right to expect humane treatment.
A worse scenario is that we ourselves will be the suspect. A lot bad could go down before a lawyer shows up to represent us.
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