Tonight on Chicago Justice 2017, Atwater finds himself on trial for murder when a young man he arrested dies while in custody! Find out what happened tonight on Chicago Justice season 1 below! If you missed the premiere episode of Chicago Justice season 1, check out my full Chicago Justice 2017 recap right here! Tonight’s episode of Chicago Justice season 1 started off with Anna Valdez going to offer a deal to a defendant in holding at CPD and she is introduced to another person in holding by the defense attorney. Later, Valdez and the State’s Attorney’s office get a call that the other person Valdez was introduced to, Justin Wilkes, died after sustaining injuries either in holding or while he was being arrested. Atwater was the arresting officer.
Antonio and Nagel go to talk to the doctor at med that treated Wilkes and she tells them that he died of exsanguination, or in other words losing a lot of blood. After that, they head over to talk to Atwater about how the arrest went down and to get all the details. Atwater asks if Wilkes is calling foul and reassures them that the arrest was by the book, they tell him that Wilkes is dead.
Meanwhile, Valdez gets a call from the defense attorney she met with earlier and the client she offered a deal to is there, he tells them that he might have some information on who killed Wilkes. Stone and Valdez go to meet with him, but he is asking for another deal in exchange for the information, they aren’t buying it. They don’t think that he has any information that could help and he is just trying to get off of his current charges.
Jefferies gets a visit from Wilkes’ mother and the priest of her church and the priest has some cellphones that have video footage of the arrest. After putting the videos together, they see that nothing went wrong during the arrest, but they can’t see if Atwater put a seat belt on Wilkes or not. Antonio tells Atwater that there is no proof that he did or didn’t and as far as he is concerned, the seat belt was on him.
Antonio and his team are talking about the case and Antonio isn’t feeling comfortable with going after Atwater, not only is he an old colleague of his, but he is a good cop. Stone has another idea, he thinks that if they bring a grand jury investigation against everyone who had contact with Wilkes, something is bound to stick. They are going to go after not only Atwater, but the EMTs that took him to the hospital and all the doctors that operated on him in the hospital as well.
While at Molly’s discussing strategy, Paul Robinette, Atwater’s attorney, shows up with a motion for them. The next day, after bringing the motion to the judge, Paul and Stone are talking at a diner over coffee. His motion is denied, even though the judge thought the argument was precise and a pretty good one as well. He argued that this might paint a negative picture of the police.
Later, the grand jury comes back with an indictment, one single indictment and that’s against Atwater. Stone is confused as to why no one else on his list was indicted, but Jefferies calls for an arrest warrant for Atwater. Antonio goes to talk to Stone after picking up Atwater and he tells Stone that he doesn’t agree with this, in many more words than that. He then turns and walks back out of the office.
During the trial, Paul is arguing that the timeline from the time of the arrest until the time of death didn’t work with the estimated time the witness had given. They also put another woman on the stand that testified that Atwater almost knocked her over while he was chasing Wilkes and Paul is able to crush her credibility by exposing a motive of hers to dislike police officers.
Antonio goes to talk to Atwater who is shooting hoops in the neighborhood to keep his mind off the trial for just a little while, but it isn’t really working out for him. Antonio is trying to tell him that things are going to be ok, but Atwater isn’t buying it. He is really worried about what will happen to his two brothers and sister if he is convicted of this.
The next day, Stone puts the man who was in the next cell on the stand, regardless of how incredible he thinks he is. He testifies that Wilkes told him Atwater beat the hell out of him in exchange for a lesser charge. Paul goes to talk to Stone and gets Atwater a deal, involuntary manslaughter with one year time attached to it. Paul brings the deal to Atwater and the next thing we see is Atwater telling the Judge, in his words, what happened during the arrest.
We end the episode off with Antonio realizing that there was no report of Wilkes being drunk, even though the man who was in the other cell said that Wilkes was drunk. So did the doctor at Med, but they were taking their word of the other inmate who told the EMTs that he was drunk. Stone and Valdez go an talk to the other inmate and find out that he killed Wilkes over a cigarette! Stone and Valdez go to court and ask for the charges against Atwater be vacated and then apologizes on the record to Atwater.
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