Romano struggles with the cold hard reality of being a cop on the street when he fails to shoot a cop killer. When the killer gets released on a bargained-down technicality by lying, Hooker and Romano strive to bring him to justice.
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The murder charge being reduced to manslaughter would not have taken place as it was presented. The defendant alleged the officer beat him with his "billy club" in an alley, yet he suffered no injuries and was not in an alley when he killed the officer. Second, he said the gun "just went off" yet he fired at the officer twice. Third, forensics, even circa 1982, would prove the officer was on the ground when the shots were fired. Fourth, as Romano alluded to, the additional shots fired at him would further have discredited the defendant's justification. Finally, in a preliminary hearing, a court has no say on the degree of the charges filed, only if there is probable cause to take the case to a trial on the charge as filed. As such, the defendant's testimony would have little weight and the charge would not have been reduced, especially in such a high profile matter. See more
Officer Vince Romano
[after Minetti is released
I don't understand. Something's wrong, Hooker. I did my job. He killed a man! I brought him to trial. He's guilty. And he's strutting out of here like a peacock, putting dirt on everything that's good and decent. Where's the incentive to do it right the next time if this lousy system doesn't work?
Sgt. T.J. Hooker
The incentive is in knowing how much worse it would be if we didn't do it right. You don't like what happened in there, I don't like it, the people don't like it. It's up to...
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