Law and Order
"Amaro's One-Eighty"
SVU, Episode 15.11
Production number: 15011
First aired (US): 15 January 2014
First aired (UK): 9 March 2014
First aired (CAN): 15 January 2014
First aired (AUS): 6 March 2014
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Teleplay By
Kevin Fox

Story By
Julie Martin & Warren Leight

Directed By
Nick Gomez


Detective Amaro's badge is on the line when an arrest leads to gunfire.


SVU attends a private celebration where Cragen announces Benson's promotion to sergeant. Despite previous concerns, she'll still be allowed to supervise SVU -- a relief for everyone. Amaro and Rollins, both tipsy, walk back together in good spirits -- until a pursuit interrupts them.

Officer Shannon McKenna and Officer Mike Dragen are chasing a suspected drug dealer when Dragen gets hit by a cab. Amaro takes charge, and, in a nearby building, he and Shannon end up in a stand-off with the suspect in a hallway that has a 90-degree turn in it.

After bullets fly, and Shannon gets hit by a bullet, Amaro blindly returns fire around the 90-degree corner of the hallway -- only to find a wounded 14-year-old African boy named Yusuf Barre around the corner, and no evidence of a gun. But Yusuf did have some Khat with him. Khat is an eastern African amphetamine that Somali pirates use to make themselves fearless.

Reverend Scott arrives at the hospital and talks with NYPD about the shooting

Without evidence of Yusuf having a gun, the shooting spurs controversy, and ignites a media circus. Reverend Curtis Scott appears as Yusuf's advocate, and internal affairs (IAB) usurps the investigation, with Scott and IAB both intent on smearing Amaro as a prime example of excessive force.

Leading the IAB charge, against his will, is none other than Detective Brian Cassidy, positioned to test his mettle in exchange for a spot in IAB. Cragen thinks that the new mayor is looking for a poster boy for excessive force, and that IAB is there to serve up Amaro as a sacrificial lamb. Didi Denzler is Amaro's delegate. It turns out that one of the bullets hit Yusuf's spine, and paralyzed him from the waist down.

Cassidy interviews all the detectives, and it becomes clear that IAB Lt. Ed Tucker wants a trial, even though Amaro followed protocol. When an edited cellphone video from the incident paints Amaro in a bad light, and Tucker says that Amaro had a blood alcohol content of about .05 almost 2 hours AFTER the shooting, Amaro smells a setup brewing.

IAB demands that he turn in his badge with the latest news -- Officer McKenna was hit by a ricocheted bullet from her own gun. In other words, there's no missing gun; Amaro shot an unarmed teenager.

While Amaro struggles to reconcile his by-the-book actions with his conscience, the SVU fights to keep Internal Affairs from jumping to conclusions. The case becomes a public spectacle, and Amaro must decide if fighting for his badge is the best decision for his family.

After the case, Cragen announces that he's retiring, and that Benson is taking his place in charge of the SVU. He turns the keys to his office over to Benson.


Main Cast

Recurring Cast

Guest Cast

  • Vicky Jeudy as Officer Shannon McKenna
  • Tina Fabrique as Grand Juror #1
  • Hubert Point-Du Jour as Berko Barré
  • Linda Thompson Williams as Nateesha
  • Laura Chaneski as Nurse
  • Luc Owono as Mr. Barré
  • Lorry Francois as Mrs. Barré
  • Aubrey Joseph as Yusef Barré
  • Frank Alfano, Jr. as Officer Mike Dragin
  • Jared Kemp as Teen #1
  • Jeremiah Craft as Teen #2
  • Phil Eichinger as Reporter #1



Episode quotes

Background information and notes

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Mercy Hospital
365 West 32nd Street
Saturday, January 11

Home of
Officer Shannon McKenna
158 Wheeler Avenue
Staten Island
Sunday, January 12

Office of
Special Prosecutor
Derek Strauss
60 Centre Street
Tuesday, January 14

Grand Jury
Part 24
Wednesday, January 15

Grand Jury
Part 24
Thursday, January 16

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