This week’s Chicago Justice dealt with the most common problem on Chicago’s south side, shootings. More specifically, gang rivalries that lead to shootings.
As Stone summarized it, gangs are using social media to initiate bloody wars that are killing the city’s young black men.
It all starts when a man in an army uniform brings a gun to a gun buyback event being led by Dawson and Nagel. Gun buybacks are supposed to be painless and anonymous but when Nagel discovers blood on the gun, they have no choice but to arrest him. At first, he doesn’t want to say where he found the gun but soon admits it was under his nephew Andre’s pillow.
DNA from the gun returns shocking results – the blood belongs to a gang member named Damon Cafferty, who was being attacked by rival gang members when a stray bullet shot and killed Lara. Tragic but unfortunately, all too common in the streets of Chicago.
As luck would have it, Lara is being represented by the cities best; Stone and Valdez.
It’s tragic but unfortunately, all too common in the streets of Chicago, which is why Peter knows he has to do something about it, has to put away the bad guy, even if he has to stall the case with this newly presented evidence. Will it make a difference, Jefferies asks. Stone hopes so.
When the judge agrees to a 72-hour continuance, the defendant is released but becomes a victim of a drive-by from opposing gangs who think he’s a snitch. Thankfully, he’s not critically injured but it’s enough to scare anyone from talking, especially Andre and his nephew. They’re willing to confess to what really happened – Andre hid the gun for his cousin Keo – but they won’t testify in fear of getting silenced.
When Stone realizes all of the gang wars are initiated through socials, he calls for a hearing to block all of their phones. Jefferies disagrees with Stone’s extreme idea, explaining that it technically is racial profiling and a grounds for a lawsuit. But gun violence is also extreme in the city and the judge agrees, if the cell phones are causing the violence, they need to be shut down.
That’s when Stone decides to take a different approach. Without Andre’s testimony, they need to find a way to bring Keo in. He asks to continue Stackhouse’s trail in hopes of getting Keo to inadvertently confess to the crime and surprisingly it works. The 15-year-old proves that the gun belongs to him by removing the jammed magazine compartment without blinking an eye.
Stackhouse is cleared, Antonio gives him a ‘hook up’ card and Keo is arrested. Stone, Jefferies and Valdez are feeling good about their unconventional but justified victory until they get a dark call – Andre’s uncle had been killed, a retaliation by Keo’s people.
Even when someone wants to do the right thing, it ends up hurting them in the end. And the police, no matter how good their intentions, simply cannot save anyone who doesn’t want to be saved.
Coffee Table News
The Fate of “Chicago Justice” Revealed – Will We Get a Second Season?
Then there were three.
After just one season, NBC has pulled the plug on Chicago Justice, the fourth show in Dick Wolf’s Chicago franchise.
Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D, and Chicago Med were all renewed earlier this month.
The news doesn’t come as much of a surprise considering that Justice was the newest and lowest-rated of the shows, however, it was rated higher than Taken and Shades of Blue, both of which have been renewed.
I guess NBC just has certain expectations for Wolf’s shows.
Personally, I enjoy all the Chicago shows, but could not get into Justice.
It lacked the spirit of Chicago and a charismatic cast – even Antonio couldn’t save it.
Which makes me wonder, what happens to his character since he left PD to pursue a role on Justice?
Coffee Table News
‘Chicago Fire,’ ‘Chicago P.D’ and ‘Chicago Med’ Renewed, ‘Chicago Justice’ On the Fence
NBC said yes to Chicago, specifically three major Chicago shows.
Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D and Chicago Med will all be returning for the 2017-18 season.
No decision has been made about the fourth and most recent addition to the franchise, Chicago Justice.
It isn’t surprising considering that out of the shows, Justice seems to have the lowest draw, starting out slow when it premiered in March during a three-show crossover.
Also not yet renewed is Wolf’s Law & Order: SVU, despite being the second-highest-rated drama on the network with over 10 million viewers weekly.
P.D is another top performer while Med’s ratings are solid, even after a move to Thursday night.
If Justice and SVU get the boot, Wolf won’t be too concerned as he’s adding yet another drama this year – Law & Order: True Crime — The Menendez Murders.
Dick Wolf. Unstoppable.
Chicago Justice – Double Helix (1×07)
All I can say after that episode is that I’ve NEVER been so disturbed by an episode in my life.
The episode kicks off with Antonio and Laura finding a body hidden in a storage locker. The gruesome part? The woman was pregnant and her baby was CUT out of her.
DNA results find 2 pairs of prints on the woman’s body – hers and those of a convicted serial killer David Zachariah. Obviously, to make things more interesting, Zachariah was the first person that Stone ever put away. But with this man behind bars, they had to figure out whose prints were on the body. Was it his brothers? Was he paying someone to continue his murders?
We were led to a woman in the victims yoga class who faked being pregnant and eventually killed the woman to steal her baby. When the police visit her house, they find her walking around with the DECEASED baby in hand. Delusional is an understatement.
Turns out, this woman was actually the daughter of Zachariah and didn’t know it for most of her life. She gives the jury a sob story about how she was hurt about not being able to have kids and while we all feel for her, there’s the after thought that she actually deemed it a good idea to kill a woman and steal her child.
Her attorney tries to argue that she shouldn’t be responsible for the double homicide because she inherited urges to kill from her serial killer/rapist father. That doesn’t really hold up in court considering a woman who wanted a baby so badly would never intend to hurt it. Yet she did so on accident and then tried to save it, crushing its ribs in the process. I mean, the whole thing is just a mess. What happened to ADOPTING?
Not only was she charged in murdering the mother, she also admitted to killing Alice White, a woman her father confessed to killing. Zachariah then used his daughter’s confession to try to get a retrial but Stone knew better than to give a serial killer any chance of freedom ever again and convinced the judge to transfer him to Indiana, where the death penalty exists.
The case definitely took its toll on Laura and we got a bit more backstory on her, namely that she is fighting to regain custody of her child after a pill addiction stint. She tries to explain that she was never addicted but that her husband merely made it seem that way to get full custody. In the end, she’s denied “joint-custody because all that plus a demanding job means she’s not suitable. I really felt for this woman, especially because she’s not necessarily a likable character. Do I believe her? For now, all we have is her side of the story but I do hope we eventually tackle this case.
It was interesting to see two sides of the spectrum – one woman going to great lengths to win back her child, another struggling to have one and decided to stealing it. One might have been psychotic but these two have a lot in common, more than they know and that’s terrifying. I wish Laura was a bit more affected by the case though instead of just using it as an entry point to her backstory.
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