ABC’s For Life clearly needs to exit with a bang fairly than whimper with its season finale. After straight up rewriting the Jacob Blake case a number of weeks again, the authorized drama is again to additional demonize the police as racist and police supporters as violent.
The February 24 finale “Andy Josiah” concludes the plot of convict-turned-lawyer Aaron (Nicholas Pinnock) prosecuting the police for capturing Jacob Blake stand-in Andy Josiah (Royce Johnson). Like most police capturing instances, it rapidly turns political. And by that, I imply, the police are all painted as both racist and corrupt or okay with corrupt racists.
Over the course of the previous three episodes, we’ve discovered that officers have modified their story, intimidated witnesses into silence, and sure vandalized Aaron’s home with “Blue Lives Matter” spray painted. Though Aaron and his workforce discover an officer to testify for them, “conservative teams,” because the episode says, nonetheless work towards him, resulting in this violent confrontation the place a person shouting “Blue Lives Matter” shoots at them.
Henry: Aaron? Aaron?
Aaron: What? I am — I am sorry. That did not come out the best way I wished it to.
Man: Aaron Wallace? Massive man. Righteous man.
Henry: You bought — You bought an issue?
Man: Nah, nah, I feel he does, although.
Henry: Whoa, whoa, whoa, straightforward! Simple! Simple! Simple! Simple!
Man: Blue Lives Matter!
Safiya: What occurred?!
Aaron: Name an ambulance! He is been shot! He is bleeding dangerous! We want one thing to wrap it! Charlotte, get some towels!
Henry: Are you all proper?
Aaron: Yeah. You are gonna be okay, Henry. We bought you. We bought you.
No phrase in regards to the lives lost and billions in damage brought on by Black Lives Matter riots. As a substitute, the present has to make up white Blue Lives Matter supporters actually capturing their enemies. Fortuitously, Henry (Timothy Busfield) survives the encounter, however the level is obvious: facet towards Black Lives Matter, and also you facet with racist shooters.
For what it’s price, the protection lawyer, who occurs to be a black lady, genuinely provides her consumer the good thing about the doubt. Nevertheless, even that rapidly devolves into extra lies when she factors out Aaron’s hypocrisy defending a black man as an alternative of a black lady. “Have you learnt what number of Black ladies had been overwhelmed, shot, arrested the identical week as Andy Josiah? Why do not you are taking considered one of their instances?” she asks. “There was a Black lady who was killed in her own residence by cops. I do not see the outrage for her. The place’s her burning buildings?” If the case she is referring to is Breonna Taylor, I can guarantee the sequence there have been loads of burning buildings for her.
Lastly, Aaron delivers a closing assertion alluding to what else however “the speak” that apparently solely Black children get about learn how to act round cops (loads of white children are taught to behave, too). And, in fact, claiming that the officer was racist:
Once they get to round 10 years outdated, each Black youngster in America will get “The speak.” What to do when accosted by a police officer. Arms out your pockets. Sure, sir, sure, ma’am. Respect, compliance. From about that age, we’re taught that this — this colour… this pores and skin… can be thought of a risk. Andy did what his father taught him. He was well mannered, respectful, compliant. Officer Matranga informed us that. Now, if it wasn’t true, why would Lieutenant Diaz go to such lengths to make sure the video disappeared? What we’ll by no means know is what was going by way of the thoughts of Edgar Lindsley when he shot Andy Josiah. We will not know as a result of he by no means bothered to fill out a police report. Why? Properly, the idea appears to be that Andy Josiah’s household did not deserve an evidence. And that by merely saying nothing, he would get the good thing about the doubt. Now, would he have felt that means if the person he pulled over was white? If it was a white boy who was calling out to his father from the again seat? If a white synthetic the “Mistake” of reaching into the automotive to assist his frightened 7-year-old son, would Officer Lindsley have shot him within the again? Andy would have given his son that speak in the end. However Marcel would not want that defined to him now, does he? This all wants to alter. It wants to alter proper now. Proper right here. In the present day.
The officer is discovered responsible of Criminally Negligent Murder which Aaron calls “a slip on the wrist,” however his workforce considers it a step in the proper route. Sadly, this route appears to incorporate mendacity about real-life police shootings and demonizing anybody who disagrees. There’s no phrase whether or not or not For Life has been renewed, however I extremely doubt it will choose season three as a time to be sincere.