My favorite TV show right now is Chicago PD. The latest plot went something like this. Really vicious gang leader, Jorge Pena, was initiating some younger guys into the Gang. The initiation consisted of their finding young girls, pulling them into a drug house, raping them and killing them. The police knew who was responsible but they couldn’t prove it in court. My hero, Sgt. Hank Voight, confronted Pena, in a bar. Pena knew the police couldn’t prove anything so he was willing to discuss his general strategy for “taking over the neighborhood.” He said in order to take over a neighborhood you first have to “kill its soul.” He stopped short of actionable specifics, but the aftermath of his initiation was one teen girl dead, one traumatized from rape and her escape from death, and two teen wannabe gang members dead and castrated.
Oops, those last two weren’t direct casualties of that initiation, they had been killed in their home by persons unknown. The police Intelligence Unit, the heroes of the show, recruited a confidential informant (C.I.) named Q to help them trick the gang leader into helping them find the killers of the two wannabe’s, by pretending to have a load of weapons to sell. Q, as it turned out, was a woman who had been raped years ago by Pena during his initiation into the gang, and she had killed and castrated the two wannabe’s on behalf of the girl whom they murdered. What do you imagine her real agenda was? Hint: It wasn’t bringing the murderer of the two gang wannabe’s to justice!
When she meets Pena, with the police watching in hiding, he says “Q, haven’t seen you in a long time, thanks for reaching out.” She says “oh, I’ve been thinking about you a lot, just waiting for the right time to connect.” Then she moves over to her car to open the trunk with the weapons, while she drawing her own. Before the police can move in, as she shoots Pena twice, after he tells her “little girl, you ain’t got it in you.”
Later the female cop who had recruited Q is debriefing with Voight, the honcho of the Unit, who just got off the phone with his boss after being reamed for losing Pena. In most shows, she would be expressing regret at how the meet went down and her boss would be reprimanding her. In this show, she admits to her boss, “I knew Q had a gun and was probably planning to kill Pena, and I didn’t tell you because I wanted her to kill that pig for all the pain he caused.” In most shows, he might express his disapproval and even suspend her. In this show he sits her down, grabs a bottle of whiskey from his drawer and two glasses. “It doesn’t matter. You ask me, Chicago is a better place with Jorge Pena dead. Just let it go.” Then they raise their glasses!
Yepsibah! Bravo! Right on! Are you shocked at my attitude? I am a Protector, a “sheepdog.” protector Or maybe I’m just a brute who gets off on killing “bad guys.” Either way, I can’t stand the sanctimonious hand wringing over the “rights” of criminals, those bipedal wolves and predators. Chicago PD is never sanctimonious. Am I turning off some readers? Then go read someone else’s blog. This is me.