Properly, we will’t say we weren’t warned. As promised, in January 10’s episode, “In Justice,” ABC’s The Rookie, revealed a brand new “polarizing” character, veteran officer Doug Stanton (Brandon Routh) and his hit-you-over-the-head racial profiling. The episode additionally featured interactions between titular character Officer John Nolan (Nathan Fillion) and James Murray (Arjay Smith), an area black man, whereas Nolan’s assigned to a neighborhood policing heart.
Within the episode, Stanton’s rookie, Officer Jackson West (Titus Makin Jr.), goes from getting together with the seemingly affable Stanton earlier than his true colours come out, to being morally conflicted about what to do, together with his co-workers and superiors detached.
Viewers first see Stanton in motion when Nolan and Detective Nyla Harper (Mekia Cox) are doing neighborhood outreach in that neighborhood. In plain sight, a younger man breaks right into a automobile, steals a backpack, and flees pursuing officers. Stanton and West reply to the decision for back-up and James protests:
Nolan: Obtained him.
James: Hey, come on! Take it straightforward!
Nolan: It is okay, we’re simply arresting him for housebreaking for stealing this backpack.
James: What, you want 4 cops for a child stealing a bag?
Stanton: Yo, my man, again off.
Nolan: It is — It is okay. It is okay. Look, calling for backup is just protocol. We do not know if the suspect is armed. Higher protected than sorry.
James: Protected for who? Not for individuals who seem like him. Or me.
Stanton: You need us to stay round?
Nolan: No, uh, we’re cool.
James: I am not cool. Are you?
West: Look, this man simply made one among your neighbors a sufferer. Okay? He is entering into. Easy.
James: It is by no means that easy. Alright? If the town wasn’t spending 50% of its funds on cops, then possibly he would have gotten a leg up as an alternative of the brief finish of the stick.
West: Look, I hear you. Belief me, I do. However I haven’t got a time machine, okay? So proper right here, proper now, this man simply broke somebody’s window, which isn’t low cost to repair, and he took their property. So if you wish to assist him, assist him get a very good lawyer.
Nolan: Are we simply speculated to ignore crime, in his eyes?
Harper: It is not that straightforward. I imply, he is preventing in opposition to a rigged system, and he isn’t successful.
Once more, the younger man dedicated the crime in plain sight of officers.
In one other scene, Stanton and West are responding to a name in one other neighborhood the place a younger black man, D’Andre, explains his West African immigrant dad and mom’ dwelling was damaged into. Stanton makes assumptions and shortly jumps to questioning if D’Andre is a part of a gang, demanding to know if he has any tattoos and who he’s affiliated with. West diffuses the scenario.
Stanton beforehand had expertise dealing with gangs. One other officer reveals to West that “Stanton was initially an L.A. County Sheriff” and in that division “they don’t begin out within the streets” however “do two years as guards” the place they’d “inmates pelting you with baggage of feces on the common to provide you a jaded view of humanity.”
There’s additionally loads extra conversations between Nolan and James. By nature, Nolan is a do-gooder, who seeks to restore and enhance a neighborhood park presently unsafe attributable to medicine. Up to now, Nolan’s efforts have been less-than-welcome by James:
James: Metropolis gave you permission to work on this your self?
Nolan: Uh, yeah. Took some convincing, and I obtained to do it by myself time. All the town has to do now’s come and examine. Till then, lights are working.
James: Hey, that is simply nice. It’s essential to really feel actual good about your self.
Nolan: Really, my shoulders and my again are just a little offended with me.
James: And what about tonight? After they break the lights once more? What then?
Nolan: Uh, cameras are on the best way, and the Watch Commander has authorised extra patrols within the space, so if anyone’s caught messing with the lights, they’re going to be arrested.
James: So, extra Black and Brown folks in jail. And then you definately’ll be gone, and it will simply return to the best way it was.
Nolan: I am simply making an attempt to assist.
James: You ever surprise why cops spend a lot time in neighborhoods like this? It is ‘trigger the arrests are straightforward. Hell, I’ve misplaced depend of the quantity of occasions I’ve seen rookies introduced right here and taught, “That is what a junkie appears like, and that is what a supplier appears like.” And from that second on, that is how cops see us.
Nolan: Okay, look, I wasn’t skilled like that.
James: Properly, that is as a result of your coaching officer appears like us. Look, the one particular person you helped this morning is you. [Chuckles ] Made your self really feel good whilst you put a band-aid on a systemic wound. You wish to make an actual distinction? Cease selecting on us and assault crime on the supply. Hold meth out of this neighborhood. [ Scoffs ] Something much less, you’re losing each our time.
Finally James comes round, and brings his sons over to the neighborhood heart to utilize the tutoring the officers are providing. We might have performed with out such above-mentioned scenes, although.
Predictably, that is all only a warm-up. In a preview for January 17’s upcoming episode, “La Fiera,” Stanton is seen tackling a younger black man mistakenly suspected of a yet-to-be-announced crime. When his mom takes problem, Stanton bodily pushes her again and shouts, “Girl, I’ll knock your ass out.” The preview ends with a verbal standoff, full with dramatic music, between Sergeant Wade Gray (Richard T. Jones) and West, with the latter declaring, “Silence is complicity, sir.”