‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ Goes BLM: Even ‘Good’ Cops Are ‘Part of the Problem’


After scrapping the primary 4 episodes within the wake of final summer season’s George Floyd protests, the NBC “sitcom” Brooklyn 9-9’s last season lastly premiered with a brand new episode selling Black Lives Matter. Your entire episode implies that it’s uncommon for cops to not be corrupt, racist villains and that almost all are secretly unhealthy folks. 

The episode “The Good Ones,” on Thursday, August 12, laid on thick the identical drained BLM narrative of evil cops focusing on harmless black folks and getting away with it. The title “The Good Ones” refers to cops who declare to be “the great ones” however are actually simply one other cog within the white supremacist system.

The episode begins in June 2020 with Detective Rosa Diaz (Stephanie Beatriz) asserting that she is quitting the drive. In current day, Captain Holt tells his colleagues throughout a gathering at a neighborhood bar the explanation Diaz left the drive. “She give up after George Floyd was killed as a result of she thought that she may do extra good by turning into a PI that helps victims of police brutality,” he says.

Whereas on the bar, one other white detective on the drive, Charles Boyle (Joe Lo Truglio), repeats phrases from a podcast he’s listening to referred to as “Two Wrongs Makes a White: Classes in Anti-Racism” about “The a whole lot of years of oppression skilled by black folks on this nation, oppression they nonetheless expertise to this present day.” In response to the present, Boyle went “full Schumer” on Juneteenth and wore African garb. Boyle later places cash in a black lieutenant’s private account as “mini-reparations” earlier than donating to a “black trans charity” as an alternative as a public virtue-signal.

However past that cringey Boyle sub-plot, the episode pushes extra of the evil cop script that was repeated in over 100 tv episodes final 12 months. We get it, Hollywood. You’ll do the whole lot in your energy to kowtow to the home terrorists referred to as BLM till you might have misplaced each final viewers member that after watched your exhibits.

After Rosa quits the drive and turns into a personal detective, she takes on the case of a younger black girls assaulted and wrongfully charged with resisting arrest by officers. Her good friend, Detective Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg), desires to assist her with the case to show “the system can nonetheless work typically when good individuals are concerned,” in order that they take heed to her story.

Rosa: Would you thoughts telling us what occurred from the start?

Consumer: Positive. I used to be strolling residence from the pharmacy when two uniformed cops stopped me and requested me what was in my bag. I mentioned nothing, just a few private gadgets. However then they stored bothering me, saying, nicely, if it is nothing, I should not have any drawback with exhibiting them. However in my thoughts I am like, why do I want to point out them my new loofah? 

Rosa: You do not. It is your loofah. 

Consumer: Thanks, Ms. Diaz. It’s my loofah. In any case, I mentioned I wished to go residence, so I attempted to stroll previous them, and so they grabbed me. Immediately, I am thrown on the bottom and so they’re yelling at me to cease resisting, which I wasn’t. I used to be simply scared. Then they threw me up towards the squad automobile, saying they was arresting me for assaulting them. I am the one who acquired the black eye and bruises throughout my physique, however one way or the other I assaulted them? 

Rosa: Do you keep in mind what time of day it was? 

Diaz: 5:45, 6:00. 

Rosa: So proper on the finish of a shift. 

Diaz: Which implies?

Rosa: Some officers prefer to make arrests on the finish of their shift to allow them to work later and get additional time beyond regulation. 

Diaz: That’s so mistaken.

Peralta: It’s. However I promise you, we’re gonna get you justice.

However, in fact, the physique cam footage was corrupted to allow them to’t show the consumer’s story. Lastly, Rosa finds and steals the unique footage and provides it to Captain Lamazar, the police captain of the precinct concerned who says she’s going to assist in the event that they discover proof, however she promptly deletes it.

Lamazar will get the offending officers to revise their statements and drops the fees towards the girl wronged, however refuses to punish them as a result of she considers the method of getting the officers suspended or fired too tough. The consumer by no means will get her justice as a result of the system is just too inherently corrupt, because the present so helpfully explains, with Lamazar contemplating herself one in every of “the great ones.”

Jake: Why’d you delete it? You mentioned you’d assist us if we acquired proof. 

Lamazar: Yeah, however I did not assume you’d get proof, get proof. I believed you simply, you understand, get proof. There’s proof and there is proof. You bought the mistaken type of proof. I do not understand how a lot clearer I may be.

Jake: So that you had been by no means gonna assist us?

Lamazar: I’m serving to you. I can nonetheless get the fees towards your consumer dropped. Now that I noticed that footage, I am going to get my officers to revise their statements. 

Jake:  And so they’ll be punished? 

Lamazar: No, there isn’t any means I can droop them. 

Jake:  Droop? I believed you’d fireplace them. 

Lamazar: [Snorts] Oh, you are being critical now. Huh, I suppose jokes aren’t our factor. Nicely, if I fired them, it might set off the union’s enchantment course of. PBA’s grievance proceedings permit for each unions and particular person officers to problem personnel actions by superiors. The criticism will get despatched up the chain of command until they get somebody who sides with the officers. And the courts are a nightmare. Prosecutors work intently with cops. They are not gonna jeopardize their relationship by pursuing circumstances towards them. All of the officer has to say is he feared for his life, and it will get thrown out. 

Jake:  Look, we all know all of this, however that does not imply you simply surrender. 

Lamazar: Okay, so say I do not surrender and I get the commissioner to agree to fireplace the officers. Are you aware what occurs subsequent? 

Jake:  They’d file a countersuit.

Lamazar: Sure. And the officers receives a commission to remain at residence. To not point out certified immunity. And now the officers are again on the road and I’m blackballed. After which one of many solely feminine captains within the NYPD is pressured to give up. And you do not need me gone. I am one of many good ones. And I understand how that sounds, however I am not one of many unhealthy ones who say they’re one of many good ones. I am one of many good ones who say they’re one of many good ones. 

Jake: Yeah, I hear it, Rosa. You may cease staring daggers at me. Let’s simply go. 

On the finish of the episode, Jake admits, “Possibly I’m a part of the issue,” and Rosa says that she gave up “my profession, my pals, my complete life, however I did it as a result of I could not ignore what I used to be part of anymore, could not ignore what the police are doing in my group to individuals who seem like me.” (In the meantime, Rosa is a white-passing Latina.)

With greater than 127 episodes of this cookie-cutter BLM dialogue in tv exhibits, listening to it once more feels tiresome, to place it mildly. There was a lot left-wing hectoring on this premiere that it’s exhausting to consider Brooklyn 9-9 is imagined to be a sitcom. Thank goodness that is its last season.

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