During the season eight premiere of Chicago P.D. Tensions were high on Wednesday as the intelligence unit was on its feet with the public – and even with each other.
After refusing to change his testimonial, Atwater becomes paranoid that Doyle's cop supporters are trying to get him, and he's not wrong: Atwater and Ruzek find planted heroin in his car. Ruzek offers Atwater his support however he wants to deal with the situation. Voight, meanwhile, notes that the only thing the Blue Wall clung to was the idea of seeing the two perpetrators in court, but that won't happen now. Atwater urges that the two men weren't real criminals.
Atwater also clashes with Upton, who views the police department's investigation by the new assistant superintendent as disrespectful. However, Atwater argues that what PD is doing is obviously "not good enough". However, the deputy superintendent (played by Empire's Nicole Ari Parker) wants to change that. She warns Voight that if he continues to run the device as he does, he will be unemployed until Christmas. But that's a big job asking Voight to change his behavior. After pushing open a door without announcing his office, the assistant superintendent announces that all evidence gathered is inadmissible – "The days of playing God are over," she tells Voight. Now, basically, the secret service has to start over.
On the street, the unit encounters witnesses who are more reluctant than usual to cooperate and declare that "racist ass cops are no longer welcome here". A potential witness throws a beer bottle to Ruzek, who begins to react until Burgess, unwilling to risk her career, urges him to let go of her.
During the night drive, Atwater is stopped by a white and a black police officer because they supposedly have a stop sign. Atwater refuses to get out of the car and picks up his badge, which the officers use to draw their weapons. Atwater gets out and the white policeman confirms with his ID that Atwater is a policeman. The other officer says there was an anonymous lead that someone was selling drugs to a dirty police officer. Fortunately, Atwater has already disposed of the supply he discovered earlier. "Do you really want to do that, black guy?" Atwater asks his cop.
The fight against the Blue Wall is "like trying to fight a ghost," says Voight Atwater after the incident. Even so, Atwater wants to do it his own way, and it's not an easy thing to do. After all, as Atwater notes, "cops are still blue, I'm still black." And if Atwater was hoping for Voight's support, after the blowout, it likely won't if Voight wants to cage a suspect. Atwater exclaims that they can no longer do this and that things must change.
“I didn't wake up enough for you ?! Feel free to get the hell out!” Voight replies. In his unit, do you do anything to evict villains … including shooting criminals? Voight grabs a gun and sits in front of the killer's house, but reluctantly drives away. Then the episode ends with Atwater being attacked and beaten up in front of his house.
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