‘Law & Order:SVU’ Recap: ‘Community Policing’

By Kitin Miranda | 1 year ago
‘Law & Order:SVU’ Recap: ‘Community Policing’

“Law & Order: SVU” Season 17 Episode 5 “Community Policing” aired last Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015, at 9:00 p.m. on NBC. In this episode, the entire police department and Assistant District Attorney Rafael Barba (Raul Esparza) came under fire after a manhunt for a serial rapist led to several police officers killing a man that they thought was the suspect. It was also discovered who the father of Detective Amanda Rollins’ (Kelli Giddish) baby was. Read on to learn more about this episode, and to learn who Rollins’s baby’s father is.

The episode began with Lieutenant Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and her team getting called to a the crime scene where a serial rapist that had been plaguing them for quite a while, had struck again, by assaulting a mother and her 12-year-old girl, who was found in a washing machine by Detective Dominick “Sonny” Carisi, Jr. (Peter Scanavino), and who had pistol-whipped the father.


However, after talking to the victims, they were able to confirm that they were attacked by a serial rapist and that their attacker was a black male.


As the manhunt began, Detective Amanda Rollins (Kelli Giddish) managed to flag one of the wife’s stolen ATM cards to a bodega ATM machine. They saw footage in which their suspect, 22-year-old Terrence Reynolds, who was wearing a jersey, just like the victims said, was trying to withdraw some money.

This then led to a police chase in which Detective Robert “Doom” Dumas (Scott William Winters), Detective Louise Campesi (Caris Vujcec)  and  Sergeant Kevin Donlan (Dashiell Eaves) shot Terrence as they thought that he was reaching for his gun. However, after Carisi searched his body and apartment, he didn’t find any weapon and any evidence linking Terrence to the rapes.

Meanwhile, while the officers were being debriefed by Internal Affairs, who found their statements odd. It seemed as if they had been overcoached, and wondered why only Dumas fired three times. The other two emptied their magazines, the media, and especially the black community, rose in arms in protest against what had happened, especially as it turned out that Terence had been innocent the entire time.

This placed Assistant District Attorney Rafael Barba (Raul Esparza) at odds with Olivia, as she and the officer’s captain, Captain Reece (Isiah Whitlock, Jr.) felt that the officers had followed standard procedure, as the city wanted him to indict the officers so that it wouldn’t turn into another Ferguson case.


Later, the Deputy Commissioner of Public Information told Terrence’s parents that Donlan, Campesi and Dumas were going to be suspended from the force.

Meanwhile, Declan Murphy (Donal Logue) showed up in front of Rollins and confirmed that the baby she was having was his. She insisted that he didn’t need to feel responsibility for their child, but he insisted on being a part of their child’s life. He then gave her his number and told her that no matter where he was, he would come running if she called.


Barba then convened a grand jury hearing, where the police, including Fin, Carisi and Olivia defended the actions of their fellow officers. Their situation became even more precarious after a video shot by an bystander proved that Terrence had indeed tried to put his hands up in compliance to their orders to him but had gotten brutally shot instead.

Because of the videos and the testimony that was laid in front of them, they decided to indict Campesi and Donlan with murder, and Dumas with reckless endangerment, since he only fired three times.

Afterwards, Donlan and Campesi began to take out their frustrations on Rollins and Dumas, but were stopped in their tracks after a traffic cop had been shot to death in retaliation of the police brutality that had just occurred.

What did you think about the revelation regarding who the father of Rollins’ child was? What did you think about today’s episode? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

And that was all for the recap on “Law & Order: SVU” Season 17 Episode 5 “Community Policing.”

Photo Source: NBC Official Website/Law & Order: SVU/ Photo by Michael Parmelee