CSI: NY s09e17 Episode Script

Today is Life

Two Sector Adam, what's your location? One Two Adam to Central.
Suspects are southbound on Lenox at 122 street, going toward 121.
10-4, One Two Adam.
Whoa, whoa, whoa, they're cutting left! Central, this is One Two Adam.
Now heading westbound on 121.
Suspects are two black males, early 20s, one in a black jacket with a hoodie, one in a red jacket, gray hoodie.
Both in blue jeans.
Copy that, One Two Adam.
I need any available units to report to 121 and Lenox.
Officers in pursuit of robbery suspects.
Central, suspects are now northbound in an alley next to the sporting goods store heading toward 122.
In pursuit.
Hey, police! Sector Adam Shield 198, go.
We're 84, pursuing suspect on foot northbound in an alley towards 122.
Copy that, 198.
Units responding.
Be advised, Sector Adam are on foot in the alley heading northbound toward 122.
Sector Adam 841 to Central! Suspect scaled a barbed wire fence! heading eastbound toward Lenox! 841, repeat.
I didn't copy that.
841, go again.
198, stand by.
841, go.
841, do you have a visual? Uh, negative.
I'm doubling back.
- Shots fired! - All units, stand by.
198, you're breaking up.
Come in to Central.
Do you have a 10-7 on my partner? All units, stand by.
198, what is your location? Suspect is headed Police! Show me your hands! 198, come in to Central.
198, come in to Central.
198, do you copy? There was no gun! There was no gun! There was no gun! There was no gun! Ted, I'm learning that the victim of the shooting, Timothy Brown, was allegedly involved in a jewelry store robbery with an accomplice who has not been apprehended An anonymous high-ranking official has revealed, however, that Timothy Brown, a college student, was unarmed at the time of the shooting.
This is the second fatality at the hands of police in less than a week, and as you know, the other victim was gunned down just blocks from here and was unarmed as well.
There was no gun! I don't know how many times I got to say it.
He had a gun; the kid took a shot at me.
You called it in? Yeah, I called it in.
So what happened to the gun? I don't know.
Don't you think I would tell you that if I knew? There's 200 people outside that would like to take a baseball bat to my head! A kid robs a jewelry store, and it's my word that's in question? Kevin, relax, buddy.
No one's questioning your word, Kevin.
We're just trying to work out what happened.
The more we know, the more we can control any misinformation that gets out there, all right? Trey and I got separated when the two of them split up in the alley.
Suspect is running northbound in a tunnel towards 122.
Stop, stop! Police! Stop! Stop! down the alley behind, uh 198, stand by.
841841, do you have a visual? Uh, negative.
I'm doubling back.
All stand by.
198, you're breaking Central.
Police! Don't move! Show me your hands! Kevin, you all right?! Yeah, he took a shot at me.
198, come in to Central.
198, come in to Central.
198, do you copy? So you're saying that after he popped off the one shot, he ditched the gun and you called in a 13? That's not what I'm saying; that's what happened.
Central never heard your 13.
Well, that must be the first time that the radios didn't work.
Did he have a gun in his hand while he was running? No.
And you saw him reaching into his pocket when you shot him? He spun around, his hand was up by his inside pocket.
Which alley could he have dumped the gun in? I don't know.
It was like a maze in there.
Look, guys detectives, I don't have to talk to you.
I have 48 hours before I can be compelled to give a statement to IAB, but I know what that looks like.
You both think that gives me I am not lying.
That kid took a shot at me.
I called a 13.
Stay there.
Don't move! Disorderly group trying to forcibly enter the precinct.
Get off of me! Out here in the fields I fight for my meals I get my back into my living Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah.
What began as a peaceful demonstration escalated into a bloody confrontation this morning inside this Manhattan precinct.
Dozens of police officers and civilians were injured.
At least ten arrests were made, and it doesn't look like the tension has come even close to subsiding.
The crowd out here has grown to approximately 1,500, and no one is any closer to getting the answers that they sought, particularly Tori Bell, Timothy Brown's girlfriend, who is here with me now.
Miss Bell, is there anything you'd like to say? Tim didn't rob anybody.
They're saying he robbed a jewelry store, and I can't believe he would do that.
He wasn't a violent person, and I' never seen him raise his hand towards anyone, let alone rob a jewelry store.
He was a good man.
I loved him very much.
I just want to know what happened.
The mope took a shot at him.
That's what happened.
You saw him take a shot at Hopkins? No.
You hear the shot? No.
So how do you know that Brown took a shot at Hopkins? Because Kevin said so, and that's good enough for me.
Well, that's not good enough for me.
And it's not good enough for the bosses down at one P.
Start from the beginning.
Look, I already gave my statement to IAB.
Well, tell us.
I can't believe how out of control this got.
All because some punk wants to buy his jewelry by sticking a gun in the owner's face.
there for this guy.
They were tossing jewelry on the ground while we were chasing them.
Did you see a gun - in either one's hand while they were running? - No.
- What happened after you abandoned your vehicle? - They split up.
I followed the one kid down an alleyway to the left.
Police! Stop! Sector Adam 841 to Central! Suspect has scaled a barbed wire fence! Last seen heading eastbound toward Lenox! That's when I doubled back to find Hopkins.
Had you heard a shot at that point? No, but that doesn't mean that it didn't happen.
The generator in the alley was like standing next to an airplane.
- So when did you hear the shot? - I was coming around one of the corners when Kevin, you all right?! Yeah, he took a shot at me.
198, come in to Central.
He had a gun.
198, come in to Central.
198, do you copy? He had a gun.
What do you think? It would've been so easy for him to cover for Hopkins and lie.
All he would have to do is say that he heard two shots, and there would be nothing we could do to dispute it.
So you think the vic really did take a shot at Hopkins? I think he thinks the vic took a shot at Hopkins.
But the truth is, no one knows what happened in that alley except for Hopkins and Timothy Brown.
We need evidence.
Calling to tell me you found the gun? Wish I had good news.
We've combed the alley, can't find anything.
Dumpsters, doors, garbage bags? He could've tossed the gun on a roof, maybe.
Mac, there is no gun.
What's the situation there? Do we have a lead on the perp that got away? Not yet, and things are definitely not quieting down.
It's all over the news, and now half the community is outside.
There's maybe Maybe Sid's got something.
Well, he better.
We need something to tell us whether or not Hopkins is lying.
Hey, Mac, is everything all right over there? Yeah, we're hanging in, but it's gonna get ugly again if we can't provide any satisfactory answers.
Well, let's hope what I'm about to tell you doesn't get leaked to the press.
You're with the body? I haven't started the autopsy, uh, but I performed some preliminary examinations.
That tox showed no alcohol or drugs in the victim's system.
But more importantly, Timothy Brown's hands tested negative for gunshot residue.
Did Jo find any ballistic evidence at the crime scene? No.
Hopkins is lying about the gun.
We want the truth! We want the truth! We want the truth! We want No, no GSR on the vic.
I think that's the wrong call.
Respectfully, sir, I think locking him up and letting the grand jury sort it out is a cop-out.
I-I realize the political implications of this, but we deserve more time, and Hopkins deserves better than punting to the grand jury.
I understand.
Whatever you say, Chief.
Officers and detectives are more or less barricaded inside, as demonstrators have virtually surrounded the precinct.
Officials within the NYPD are not releasing the names of the officers involved in the shooting, but we have learned that they are officers Kevin Hopkins and Trey Jensen.
Might as well hang wanted posters outside.
Officer Hopkins, a member of the NYPD for the last two years, has been brought before the Civilian Complaint Review Board in the past.
Oh, come on, Victoria! You know about that? Yeah, he responded to a 911 call of a domestic disturbance.
A wife wanted her husband locked up for hiding her cigarettes.
Hopkins asked the husband to hide her phone, too.
The complaint was dismissed.
ahold of both of the officers' personnel files What's the chief say? It's not just Sinclair, it's the mayor and the D.
, too.
This thing spun out of control, so they're saying, "Just lock 'em up.
Let the grand jury sort it out"" You satisfied with that? Not at all.
You want to tell me what's going on? I'll tell you what's going on when you stop lying to me.
What's that supposed to mean? Timothy Brown didn't have a gun.
No gun.
No ballistics.
We've been over this a hundred times.
I came around the corner He didn't have gunshot residue on his hands or his jacket.
Nothing, not a speck.
You want to tell me how that happens? See, the thing is, you didn't have to lie.
You didn't need it.
Here's what I think happened.
You chased a guy who just robbed a jewelry store.
You came around the corner, you identified yourself as a police officer, he disobeyed your command, he spun around with his hand up by his chest, and you fired.
You did everything right.
The truth would've been enough; the truth is enough.
But you thought it wouldn't look good, so you had to say he fired at you.
You're a good police officer, Kevin, but you got to stop lying to me.
Detective Taylor, I respect you, I got respect for you, but screw you.
That kid, he pointed a gun and he shot at me, and I will go to my grave swearing by that.
Take me out there.
I will I will walk you through it.
It's too dangerous to bring you out there.
But we can bring the scene to you.
There's no way I'm chasing a guy who may or may not have a gun down this alley.
When's the last time you chased anyone at all? I think he went right.
Hawkes, take a right at the end of this tunnel.
Are you sure he went right? Yeah, he definitely went right.
Is this where he took the shot? No.
No, it wasn't right out of the dark alley.
Keep going down.
You sure? Yeah.
Yeah, it was, it was more narrow and the alley behind There was, there was fire escapes.
It was more narrow.
There was fire escapes.
Hang on.
Adam, stay there for a sec.
Is this it? I think so.
I'm not sure.
That is the corner.
I remember, I took cover.
I was leaning right against that wall.
Shot's fired! Mac, got an impact mark on this pipe here.
Adam, can you zoom in? Hawkes, if Timothy Brown was standing in that alley when he took the shot, there's got to be a casing.
All right.
Just tell me when to stop.
Right about there.
He was standing right there in the center.
You still think I'm lying? We want justice! We want justice! No, Hawkes, go straight back to the lab and get that casing into Brass Catcher.
Maybe we can connect this to Timothy Brown or anyone else he runs with.
This is gonna get ugly again.
And I don't care how many reinforcements we call in, if they want to get in, they're getting in.
We got to get Hopkins and Jensen out of here.
I'm with you on that, but they're not going out through those doors.
So, if you have any ideas, I'm all ears.
Those ambulances are still out back by the dock.
no peace! No justice, no peace! No justice, no peace! We need help! Dispatch, get some cops out here! Yo, that's one of them! That's one of the guys! Help me! Hey! Hey! Move out of the way! Let the police through! Get off me! Come on! - You all right? - I am now.
Let's get the hell out of here! Let's go! Let's go! Match.
Lord, tell me you found something.
I've got two somethings.
Two matches in Brass Catcher to the shell casings recovered in the alley.
Two different shootings, six weeks apart.
Both in the 6-4, both in the vicinity of Avenue Q and 12th street.
The most recent, December of last year.
Now, no arrests in either case, but I'm not so sure they're connected to the jewelry store robbery.
Manhattan is a long way from Avenue Q in Brooklyn.
- Yeah.
- But it may not be as far as we think.
That jacket that belonged to the perp who went over the barbed wire fence that Danny processed turns out, it had a hole in the pocket.
He found a piece of paper inside the lining of the jacket.
It had been washed a few times.
Turns out, it was a summons issued a few months ago in the 64th Precinct for drinking alcohol in an open container in public.
That was the 4300 block of Avenue Q.
Right up the block from these two unsolved shootings.
So that connects our guy who jumped over the barbed wire fence to the neighborhood where the shootings occurred.
Avenue Q and 12th is a residential neighborhood.
So that drinking summons tells me this is where they hang out, and that's where we need to be looking.
Yeah, but we don't have Jensen or Hopkins to put into a car to do an area search, and the jewelry store owner can't I.
There were no cameras in the jewelry store, and we don't have a good screen shot from the dash cam in the squad car.
So we don't know who the hell we're looking for.
How's Hopkins? He got roughed up pretty good.
But he's okay; could've been worse.
Any sign of the protest letting up? None.
Crowds have actually gotten bigger.
Commissioner called a Level 2 mobilization.
More reinforcements are on the way.
The only way this thing is gonna die down is if we get some more answers.
We need that other guy in the alley with Hopkins and Jensen.
The shell casing did it get us anything? It got us to a neighborhood where one of our jewelry store perps might hang.
The problem is, Mac, we need a photo or a witness who can I.
Jensen made it out of here before they got Hopkins.
He's at headquarters.
He got a look at the guy who went over the fence.
Put him in a car and get out there.
Come on, finding them hanging out in the streets seems like a long shot.
You might be right, but right now, it's the only good lead we've got.
Tonight's top story continues to be the community unrest outside the 12th Street Precinct in Manhattan over the alleged shooting of an unarmed man by police.
The mayor and police commissioner continue to call for calm, but protesters remain defiant.
Some in the community are labeling the death of Timothy Brown a cold-blooded murder.
Any of those jackass reporters that talk to Kevin Hopkins for five minutes they'd realize how ridiculous that statement is.
one of the two police officers involved Recognize anybody? Officer Kevin Hopkins shot the 26-year-old What you looking at? Nope.
None of them are the guys we were chasing down to murder in cold blood.
The other unidentified suspect remains at large.
All right, be safe.
No luck yet on the perp who went over the fence, but they're still looking.
Boss, I don't want to tell you how to conduct your business, but you got to answer your phone.
Okay? Your voicemail's all jacked up, Jo doesn't pick up her phone I was literally left unsupervised for a really long time.
Adam, what's going on? How the hell did you get past that mob outside? Well, I-I parked my car, like, And I'm not gonna lie, I almost got jacked a couple times, but as long as I, you know, pumped my fist up in the air and yelled some crazy things and kicked over a garbage can, I was I was good, I was totally good.
Okay, what's so important? The jewelry that we found in Timothy Brown's pocket okay, we all assumed that it was part of the robbery, right? Now, a lot of it was stamped 14-karat gold, and I'm really good with my precious metals, so some of it didn't look right, so I tested some of the heavier-gage bracelets.
Turns out, it was 14-karat iron.
It dissolved inrochloric acid and had a phony gold stamp.
Right? So I went back out in the field and I and I did some more legwork, and I really hope that that's okay.
Yeah, it's fine.
Go on.
The jewelry belonged to Brown, Mac.
All right? He was trying to hock it at another jewelry store about a block away from the one that got robbed.
He was just trying to scrape in a couple extra bucks together to get this.
It's an engagement ring.
He was gonna propose to his girl.
Now, I tracked down the store through the serial number of the diamond, and I spoke to the owner.
Timothy Brows in there around the same time that the other store got hit.
Mac, Timothy Brown had nothing to do with the robbery.
Both those perps are still out there.
All units, be advised, the 12th Squad is seeking two males in connection with the jewelry store robbery earlier today.
They are two male blacks, 20 to 25 years old, one wearing a black ski jacket and blue jeans, the other in a gray hoodie and blue jeans.
These males are known to frequent the 4300 block of Avenue Q in Brooklyn.
That's him.
That's the guy that went over the fence.
Whoa, the guy in the black ski jacket.
He's the guy Hopkins was chasing.
- Jensen, stay put.
- Go, go, go! Hey, NYPD! Come out right now with your hands above your head! Turn around! Show me your hands! Hands up! Everybody okay? Yeah, everybody but him.
There's no gun.
Did you see a gun? No, b-but I saw him reaching for something in that mailbox.
Come on, Ray, pull yourself together.
We're almost done.
Look, I'm trying, man.
That was my homeboy you guys killed.
Yeah, well, he made a bad choice, Ray.
He went for that gun.
After Keith came home from upstate, he said, "I'm never going back to jail.
" I guess he wasn't lying.
That gun has been around the block a few times.
Two shootings in Brooklyn.
And then the jewelry store robbery today.
Who does it belong to? It belonged to everybody.
That gun always in that mailbox.
It's like going to the library or something.
Taking out a book.
You go in there, you take it, you need it, you use it, you put it back, that's it it's the honor system.
So earlier today, you and Keith checked out a gun and then used it to hold up a jewelry store? Look, I told you before, okay? We wasn't meaning to use it.
We was gonna front on those people in case they got bold or something.
And then maybe shoot a few cops if they were bold enough to chase you? Nah, I wasn't trying to kill that cop.
I was just trying to shoot him.
You were just trying to shoot him? in the alley behind, uh Uh, negative! I'm doubling back! 10-13! Shots fired! That place was all tore up like it was out of business or something.
I hit the streets, ditched into the subway, and hopped a train back to Brooklyn, that's it.
We did that stickup, but we didn't hurt nobody.
You hurt so many people.
Thank you for coming.
Still can't believe Tim's dead.
This is crazy.
All those people out there fighting the police, demanding justice for Tim.
They're looking for what we've been looking for: answers.
Do you have any? That's why I asked you here.
I want you to hear the truth.
Before you read some version of it in the papers or hear it on the news.
I I want to understand, Detective.
Really, I do.
But there is nothing you can say to me that'll change anything.
I mean How could that cop just murder Tim like that? Take a walk with me? If I could step in front of that bullet to save that man, I swear to God I would do it.
That would feel better than this.
I was scared, Detective.
I was shaking all over.
Like a coward.
And maybe if I just kept my cool, I would've hesitated.
I would've seen he had no gun.
That he was the wrong guy.
And what if it was the right guy? And he had a gun.
Then maybe it's you lying in that alley.
That's the nature of this job, Hopkins.
There's no do-overs.
You're forced to make the best decision given the circumstances, and you better make it fast.
That's what you're trained to do.
That's what you did.
Let me tell you something.
A coward doesn't run after an armed man who's trying to kill him.
A coward runs away.
But that kid is dead now.
And he didn't do a damn thing wrong.
And his family and his girl what do I say to them? You can feel bad about that.
If you didn't, I'd think you didn't have conscience.
That kid's dead because two sons of bitches decided to rob a jewelry store.
Simple as that.
At the very same moment our suspect was disappearing through the back door of the theater Tim appeared in the alley coming from the opposite direction.
I'm not asking you to excuse what happened, I just want you to understand why.
I get it.
They were wearing the same clothes, they had the same color skin.
That cop thought that Tim was the one shooting at him.
It was wrong.
He made a mistake, he killed the wrong man.
Yes, he did.
An innocent man, a good man.
And he'll have to live with the burden of that mistake for the rest of his life.
I'm sorry there was no easy way to do this, but I thought you should know.
Tim had this in his pocket.
He was planning to give it to you.
"Today is life.
" "The only life you're sure of.
Make the most of today.
" That's how Tim signed off all his letters to me when he was away at college.
Seems kind of prophetic now.
I'm sorry.
Miss Bell.
Uh, no.
Only remind me of what could have been.
The numbers have not diminished, but the intensity of the protest seems to have waned for the moment, after word that the mayor has agreed to meet with community leaders and answer questions regarding the death of Timothy Brown.
Brown's longtime girlfriend, Tori Bell, was summoned to the precinct a short time ago by police, leading to speculation There she is! There she is! H-Hold on.
It appears Miss Bell is emerging from the precinct.
Tori, do you blame Hopkins? Tori, are they making excuses Do you want Officer Hopkins to go to jail? Miss Bell, what are police saying? What can you tell us? Uh I can tell you that today is the worst day of my life.
It's the worst day in the lives of Timothy's family and the people who loved him.
But it's also the worst day in the life of Officer Hopkins.
Hold on.
All of this has to stop.
That officer didn't wake up this morning, go to work and set out to kill Tim.
That happened because two men woke up this morning and decided that they were gonna come to this neighborhood and steal what doesn't belong to them.
They tried to take that policeman's life while he was protecting ours.
And I hope someday that maybe I can find a way to forgive Officer Hopkins.
But I will never forgive those two men that came here with a gun.
Because their actions took something from me a hundred times more valuable than all of the jewelry in that store.
They stole the love of my life.
As police officers in this big, complicated city, we see so much bad.
So many souls filled with hatred and violence.
And it's our job to look for them, chase after them and confront them.
Over time, they can become all we see.
As with all evil, some good will always come from it.
It can bring us together with some of the most dedicated, honorable, kind-hearted people we could ever hope to meet.
It can fill hearts with a love so strong that it will endure forever and create unbreakable friendships that will last even in the face of life's most difficult challenges.
Cheers, everybody.
Sometimes, the good comes when we most need it and least expect it.
If we are lucky enough to notice it, set our eyes upon it and appreciate it, it can almost make us forget all of the bad.
"Today is life.
"The only life you're sure of.
Make the most of today.
" Words of wisdom.
A slice of goodness passed on by an innocent soul whose life was cut short by an errant bullet.
These are words that will always stay with me, words that are about to change the course of my life forever.
This is not how I imagined it would happen.
I-I don't know if it's how you imagined it would happen, or if you even imagined it happening at all, but I'm not sure what you're saying.
L-Let's go in and have a glass of wine.
- I'll make a fire - No.
No, no, no, stay here.
I don't want to wait another minute.
I don't have a ring.
Or a speech.
I-I wasn't even able to stop and pick up a cheap bottle of champagne.
I never thought I'd feel like this again.
You're everything that's good in my life.
We've been through so much together.
I need you, Christine, I want you and I I can't imagine my life without you.
I don't want to I just want to spend the rest of my life with you by my side.
Christine will you marry me? Yes.
Of course I will.
This is exactly how I imagined it.