Who sets the rules for police use of force? In many ways, the limits are set by case law. In today’s briefing, we bring back a discussion about two U.S. Supreme Court cases that define what police can and cannot do when they need to bring force to bear.
One Dark Night Pt. 1
In Pt. 1, Detective Justin gets an early morning call to respond to a community garden where a man’s body is found slumped over at the base of a tree. The first assumption is this is a tragic, but all too common suicide. But the evidence starts to tell a different story, and soon Justin finds himself hot on the trail of a murderer. Pt. 2 drops tomorrow!
Detective Dan gets called to an apartment complex to investigate a hit and run. But he quickly discovers there’s much more to the case than just property damage, when a young girl in the house discloses that she was touched inappropriately during an alcohol-fueled party that night. Detective Dan’s brother, Detective Dave, is called in to investigate the crime.
Famed cold-case investigator and forensic analyst Paul Holes brings us two murder cases from Northern California that remain unsolved. These murders are eerily similar to three others that were committed by serial killer Phil Hughes. But with scant physical evidence, and Hughes remaining tight-lipped, Paul is forced to dig deep and come up with new ways to identify the killer and get justice for the victims.
Police get called to do a welfare check on a mother and son who have been unusually hard to reach. Officers arrive at the home to find the mother brutally murdered and there’s no sign of the son. Is he a victim or a suspect?
Lou is in and out of prison, but if you put him in a shirt and tie and sat him behind a desk, you’d never know that about him. It’s just one of the unique things about Lou. One day, he’s approached by a fellow inmate named Jason about a murder-for-hire. Lou immediately contacts the cops. As Det. Robert investigates he gets much more than he bargained for.
What About Bob?
Bob is an educated and successful married man who orders up an online escort. When the escort shows up, Bob gets more than he bargained for. The police are called and a multi-state investigation ensues.
Through a combination of patience and careful police work, Detective Justin snakes his way up the heroin supply chain and links it to a cartel south of the border. And a couple of lives are turned around in the process.
We sit down for a conversation with one of the suspects from a 2-part case we covered in Season 2 called “Presumed Guilty.”
Thurston: A High School Shooting Pt.1
This is the Thurston School shooting through the eyes of the Springfield police officer who was first on the scene that morning, as well as one of the detectives who arrived minutes later to help process the carnage. We also sit down for a rare interview with one of the students who survived being shot that day.
Bait and Switch
When a drug deal goes wrong leaving one victim at death’s door and two armed suspects on the run, this Small Town police department draws on their “mutual aid agreement” with neighboring agencies to help set up an extensive perimeter and conduct the manhunt. They call in K-9 handler, Justin, and his four-legged partner, Fedo, to assist. If you’ve ever doubted that a police dog can perform in ways above and beyond his human counterparts, this episode will make you a believer.
Evidence Breaks the Case
A scorned lover, a brazen suspect, an autistic witness, and good old fashioned detective work break this case wide open for Detective Dan.