Law & Order

Season 11 Episode 6

Burn Baby Burn

Aired Monday 10:00 PM Nov 22, 2000 on NBC

Episode Recap

A white Irish policeman is shot and killed by a former "Black Panther" (an African- American political group of the 60's which promoted violent overthrow of the establishment) when the policeman goes to the wrong house in search of a suspect. The arrest and prosecution of the former political radical, Lateef Miller, leads to racial clashes, on the street, in the police department and in the court-room. Detective Green is caught between loyalty to his brethren in the department and his "brothers" on the street. The entire prosecution becomes an ugly political circus, dredging up faded but bitter memories of a time in America when the police were a little more overt with their racially motivated, crime-fighting activities and the "enemies of the state" were a little more clearly defined.