Law and Order
"Community Policing"
SVU, Episode 17.05
Production number: 17005
First aired (US): 14 October 2015
First aired (UK): 15 November 2015
First aired (CAN): 14 October 2015
First aired (AUS): 10 March 2016
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Teleplay By
Warren Leight & A. Zell Williams

Story By
Kevin Fox

Directed By
Jean de Segonzac

The NYPD falls under siege after the shooting of an unarmed black man.


In the pursuit of an SVU rape suspect for assaulting a family and raping their 12-year-old daughter, detectives from another precinct shoot and kill an unarmed black man, whose DNA doesn't match to that of the actual rapist's. As racial tensions rise in the city, Barba is tasked to indict three officers who claim they had no choice but to follow police procedure while Benson must catch the actual rapist before things get out of hand.


Episode plot


Main Cast

Recurring Cast

Guest Cast

  • K. Todd Freeman as Mr. Reynolds
  • Krista Braun as Cynthia Harris
  • Christopher Domig as Alec Harris
  • Chandra Thomas as Patricia Reynolds
  • Neal Lerner as Richard Wallace
  • Jared Kemp as Jeff
  • Yinka Adeboyeku as Ndour
  • Latifah Johnson as Leslie
  • Raekwon Haynes as Damian
  • Cristina Pitter as Alma Hernandez
  • Kylie McVey as Sophie Harris
  • Therell Spires as Latrell
  • J.J. Wynder as Jahill
  • Maria Desimone as Weeping Widow
  • Storm Chambers as Old Man



Olivia: They were doing what any cop would do in the situation.
Barba: Any cop. Even you?
Barba: So even our best and brightest are gunning down innocents.

Background information and notes

Episode scene cards

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27th Precinct
204 West 119th Street
Tuesday, August 18

Internal Affairs Bureau
317 Hudson Street
Wednesday, August 19

Grand Jury
Part 24
Friday, August 21

Grand Jury
Part 24
Friday, August 21

Mercy Hospital
365 West 32nd Street
Friday, August 21

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