“Law & Order: SVU” Season 17 Episode 3 “Transgender Bridge” aired last Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015, at 9:00 p.m. on NBC. In this episode, three teenaged boys teased a transgender teenager named Avery Parker (Christopher Dylan White), which caused her to fall from a bridge. However, things get complicated, leaving the victim’s parents and Manhattan’s Special Victims Unit in a difficult position after Avery dies, causing Assistant District Attorney Kenneth O’Dwyer (Robert Sean Leonard) to push for having one of the culprits, fifteen-year-old Darius McRae (Dante Brown) be put away and to be tried as an adult. Read on to learn more about this episode.
The episode began with Darius McCrae (Dante Brown), a young teenager, and gifted artist, and his two other friends, Markus Green (Travaris Spears) and Keon Williams (Niles Fitch), teasing a transgendered teenager named Avery Parker (Christopher Dylan White) on a bridge at a park. However, with all the shoving that was happening, Avery ended up falling on Darius. His reaction was to push her away, which caused her to fall off the bridge.
Avery ended up in the hospital, and thanks to the fact that several teenagers took videos of the incident, the Manhattan Special Victims Unit managed to bring in the three teenagers in question.
There, Markus and Keon told them that it had been Darius’ idea, and that Darius’ fault, while Darius maintained that he hadn’t meant to push Avery, and stated that he felt very guilty and sorry for what had happened.
Later, they talked to Assistant District Attorney Pippa Cox (Jessica Philips) at family court, where Markus and Keon were given probation, but told Darius and his mother that Darius could end up in a juvenile detention hall for three months, and if it ever went to trial, his sentence would last for a year.
At the hospital, Sergeant Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) gave Avery some drawings done by Darius, in the hopes of apologizing to her for what he had done. Avery was touched, as she did love graphic novels, but soon after died of an embolism, which was directly caused by the fall.
This caused Assistant District Attorney Kenneth O’Dwyer (Robert Sean Leonard) to step into things. He took the case from Cox, and told Olivia and her team that he was going to try Darius as an adult for manslaughter, with a hate crime attached to it, which meant that if he won, Darius would get seven years in prison.
He then told them that he wanted to use this in order to send the message that bullying transgendered teens will not be tolerated in New York, but Olivia, her team, Avery’s parents, and even Assistant District Attorney Rafael Barba (Raul Esparza) felt that this particular case wasn’t the right one for that, and felt that Darius should be tried as a minor.
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During the trial, they brought in Darius’ teacher, and an expert witness, Dr. Peter Lindstrom (Bill Irwin). He told them that Darius had pushed Avery out of fear, not hate, and that his impulse control was still very much underdeveloped as he is still a child, which made him stress that this particular case should have been tried in family court.
Lastly, Avery’s father stepped up to the stand to show the judge the drawings that Darius had made. He told her that Avery would have wanted forgiveness and mercy for Darius.
However, the judge ended up sentencing Darius guilty as charged, which meant that he would stay in a juvenile detention center until he turned eighteen, and would spend four more years in prison.
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