Chicago Justice took a shot at the Chicago police in it’s second episode of the season. You could say a story taken straight from the headlines, as many of Dick Wolf’s story lines are.
In an attempt to make us care a bit more, Justice didn’t just target the police, they targeted Intelligence’s Kevin Atwater and even threw a murder charge at him!
Antonio, who jump shipped when he heard a new show was coming to town, was like “oh hell no, not my boy Atwater.” However no one in his new “unit” seemed to care and even told him to simmer it down because he’s not a cop anymore so he can’t go around saying “we go out into those dangerous streets.”
Now Antonio saw it all from a different perspective than Stone did. He’s been there, he’s done it, he’s pushed a little too hard, he’s been in Voight’s cage, he knows what happens. But there’s a difference between being tough and physically MURDERING someone, which is what they were saying Antonio did.
Long story – Antonio offered to bust a man who was selling drugs on the street because he “knew his mom.” He thought nothing of it but when Wilkes booked it, he had to chase him down a few city blocks then tackle him to the ground and throw him into the backseat of his ride. We’re unsure of what happened when Wilkes arrived at the precinct but when the episode started, we see him passed out on a bench, puke all over his sweater.
At first everyone thinks Wilkes was just drunk but when he dies, the neighborhood reverend asks for a thorough investigation of police brutality. After watching some surveillance video, all signs point to Atwater being guilty.
That is until Antonio is finally able to prove that Wilkes was actually never drunk in the first place because if he was, there’s no way he’d be able to outrun Atwater. That leads them back to the prisoner in the next cell that testified who admits that he lied. Stone gets him to confess for hitting Wilkes after he wouldn’t give him a cigarette and the State’s Attorney drops Atwater’s charges. Stone gives a sincere apology on behalf of the city of Chicago and Atwater seems to accept but honestly, I would have been pissed.
If the law doesn’t have your back in this city, who does? It’s okay to get the wrong guy sometimes on the hunt for the right person but to actually try to CONVICT someone and have them agree to a plea deal because of an oversight? That deserves a bit more than an apology… especially if Atwater’s name is now tainted.
In my opinion, it felt like Chicago Justice tried too hard to get justice.
I’ll stick by the idea that if the episode wasn’t anchored to PD, I’m not sure that I would have been so invested in it. At times, I caught my attention slipping away, especially because I knew there was no way that Atwater would be found guilty – he’s to valuable to the show.
However, I encourage the show to continue down a path of tackling real-life stories… stories that some may be too afraid to talk about out loud. That truly is the Chicago, Dick Wolf way.