The eighth season of NBC’s Chicago P.D. started airing on November 11. From the start of the primary episode, titled “Preventing Ghosts,” it’s apparent that the groundwork is being laid for an ongoing battle between police reformists and those that wish to defend racist, corrupt cops.

Officer Kevin Atwater (LaRoyce Hawkins), an African American within the Intelligence Unit of Chicago P.D., is focused by some fellow cops who’re offended that final season he wrote up a report on a racist white cop’s capturing of a black man. The white cop ended up lifeless from the incident, too. Atwater’s report mentioned that the white cop stopped a black man with out simply trigger. So, the police who labored with the lifeless cop are decided to make Atwater pay for cracking the “Blue Wall” that claims cops do not snitch on one another.

A brick of heroin is planted in Atwater’s automotive by the revenge-seeking cops. Atwater finds the heroin, although, and disposes of it as an alternative of reporting it. He tells his accomplice, Officer Adam Ruzek (Patrick John Flueger) that “Cops are nonetheless blue. I’m nonetheless black.”

On his means house that night time, Atwater is pulled over by two cops – one black and one white. They inform him an nameless tip has been acquired about medicine in his automotive. Clearly they’re those meant to hold out revenge towards him.

 

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Atwater:  Hey, I am police. What’s up, man?

Cop 1: You ran the cease signal.

Atwater: What are you speaking about?

Cop 1: Sir, you ran the cease signal. That is the explanation we pulled you over.

Atwater: No, I did not run a cease signal. I suppose y’all simply bored? Noticed a brother driving a good automotive, figured you pull his ass over, have some enjoyable?

Cop 2: Hey, take it straightforward. My accomplice mentioned he noticed you run a cease signal. We had no concept in case you have been Black or white.

Cop 1: Step out of the automotive.

Atwater:  Look, I am police. My title’s Kevin Atwater, badge quantity 52784. I work with the intelligence unit. Y’all can examine no matter you need.

Cop 1: I mentioned, step out of the automobile.

Atwater:  Nah, I am not stepping out of no rattling automobile, however I’ll present you my badge good and gradual. Okay, so y’all can–Okay, look, fellas, I am stepping out of the automotive.

Cop 1: Shut the door.

Atwater: I am shutting the door. My fingers are excessive. You see my star and my gun. In the event you look in my left pocket, you will discover my id.

Cop 2: He is telling the reality. He is the police, Ron.

Cop 1: So what you a cop? I obtained an nameless tip {that a} man was promoting medicine on this automotive.

Atwater: What are you speaking about?

Cop 1: The man offered a kilo of heroin to a grimy cop in a blue Dodge.

Atwater: You with Nolan’s crew? Properly, search the automotive, Ron. Look wherever you need, however you ain’t gonna discover a rattling factor ‘trigger I already discovered the dope. It was within the trunk. Is that this actually what you wanna do, Black man?

In any case of that, as Atwater parks his automotive in entrance of his home, he’s ambushed by a bunch of males. He’s left crushed on the street as they drive off.

This season seems to be as if will probably be filled with messages about police reform and breaking the Blue Wall of safety police have for one another. There’s a new character who performs a deputy superintendent and delivers a speech to the press about police reform and the necessity for coaching on de-escalation methods. That may be a message we’ve heard because the loss of life of George Floyd final summer time in addition to one that claims Hollywood has to change its depictions of police as the great guys. It seems to be like Chicago P.D. can be doing its half by portraying cops as corrupt and racist this season.

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