How will Law and Order reflect the reckoning of police portrayals?

How will Law and Order reflect the reckoning of police portrayals?

The Guardian

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In a new iteration of the hugely successful TV franchise, detective Elliot Stabler returned, the vigilante cop who, though chastened, remains the hero

Until last week, 10 years had passed since the last time Detective Elliot Stabler (Christopher Meloni), the gruff, hot-headed muscle to Detective Olivia Benson’s (Mariska Hargitay) empathetic, cooler brain, appeared on Law and Order: SVU, one of TV’s most popular police procedurals. For 12 years, as one half of the alchemic detective duo in New York City’s special victims unit, Stabler epitomized the “ends justify the means” hero cop – the officer who bends the rules at his discretion, who loses his cool in an interrogation room, who lets passion override protocol, who fantasizes about exacting justice on heinous criminals on behalf of innocent victims.

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