Law & Order: UK (2009–2014)
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Community Service 

A bipolar homeless man is found beaten unconscious. An angry resident of the neighborhood is charged with the premeditated attack.

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Ken Grieve

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Dick Wolf (original series created by), Catherine Tregenna (teleplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Bradley Walsh ... Ronnie Brooks
Jamie Bamber ... Matt Devlin
Harriet Walter ... Natalie Chandler
Ben Daniels ... James Steel
Freema Agyeman ... Alesha Phillips
Bill Paterson ... George Castle
Kevin McNally ... Harry Morgan (as Kevin R McNally)
Sean Harris ... Roland Kirk
Fiona Gillies ... Irene Morgan
Colin Salmon ... Doug Greer
Paul Darrow ... Judge Prentice
Will Thorp ... Joe Butler
Mary Healey ... Dora Bowen
Eloise Joseph ... Kelly Butler
Jonathan Readwin ... Nate Morgan
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The police investigate an attack on a homeless man who is found severely beaten in a neighborhood park. The investigation reveals that the CCTV cameras had been turned away indicating that the attack may not have been random. They also find that many in the neighborhood are tight-lipped about the incident or about anything that might have happened on the night in question. When they do make an arrest, it falls to James Steel to make the case. Given the homeless man's record of constantly interfering and threatening however, will he be able to convince a jury that the attacker was doing anything but a public service? Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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UK | USA

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English

Release Date:

3 December 2010 (USA) See more »

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James Steel: [his closing argument] Whose freedom has priority here? You might think that Roland Kirk is your worst nightmare. You might understand Harry Morgan's frustration, but he broke the law. He beat Roland Kirk in the most brutal way, then he walked away, leaving Roland Kirk for dead. That wasn't self-defence. That was vigilantism. In viciously attacking a sleeping man, Harry Morgan became a bigger menace to society than Roland Kirk could ever be.
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That wasn't self.defense. That was vigilantism
21 October 2017 | by CeccacciPaolo1977See all my reviews

A charming half black girl (Eloise Joseph) was coming home late at night when a boy bumped into her with hands full of blood: a tramp lied on the ground, beaten to death by an iron bar. The ambulance drove him to the hospital, where doctors managed to save his life, even if probably he won't be able to walk again (broken legs and kneecaps). Detectives tried to narrow the perp down in the neighborhood: he wasn't loved at all by residents because he used to stalk people, staying drunk all day long. His family lost contact with him a while before, because he suffered from bipolar disorder, so his only friend is a troubled guy from the hood who shared the same issues. It's hard for Brooks and Devlin to find the right attacker because many people could have had a motive.

Another episode involving vigilantism that seems to be tolerated by most people. I think that crazy person like him should be detained in insane asylum, it could avoid unexpected reaction; even an upstanding man could lose his mind after a while if he's constantly provoked


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