Season 3 Episode 4

Street Edition

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Oct 13, 1976 on ABC



  • Quotes

    • Brubaker: Look Mr. Commissioner, I'm not upset, I'm concerned, see I always get concerned when one of my people is accused of something.
      Commissioner: I told you Lt. Brubaker, this is only an inquiry. No charges have been filed, however that does not minimize the seriousness of the complaints. FACT: Officer Baretta roughed up a newspaperwoman who was pursuing a story. Officer Baretta went to a stakeout at the cemetary, without the proper support team. FACT: At a subsequent stakeout, a crime suspect was killed.
      Brubaker: Ah, Mr. Commissioner, now in this first incident, this woman reporter, this Miss Fleming, was interfering with a police officer in the lawful execution of his duty, that is the FACT, in the cemetary situation. Now the second situation, you got a prime suspect whose dead, a human life has been lost here, because the same woman reporter interferes with the same police officer in the same lawful execution of his duty, namely a stakeout in this case and that's the FACT.
      Commissioner: Let's keep the newspapers out of this.
      Brubaker: Newspapers put themselves into it.
      Commissioner: Now don't misunderstand me, I believe in freedom of the press.
      Brubaker: I believe in the freedom of the press too, when they are investigation corruption, Watergate, something like that. Is that what's going on here? Are we having an investigation into the police department? If there is you let me know about it, and my departments gonna cooperate, if there is no investigation going on here, then you get these people outta my department, because right they are costing me lives and I'm not gonna stand for it.
      Baretta: Boss, lighten up, you're holding lousy cards here.