Some young black folks are speaking about protesting racism and taking a knee. Upton and Halstead are in the crowd. Antonio is nearby as well. Seems like they are on the lookout for someone in particular. A white supremacist type guy. Ruzek tries to get in undercover and it seems to work.
The guy, David Dixon, shows up and moves in on the demonstration. They start fighting and cops with riot gear move in to break it up. When the dust settles there are tons of arrests but Dixon is not amongst them. They hear a call of shots fired on the radios and run over. There is one man dead.
The unit takes the case and the dead guy is one of two college basketball players to take a knee during the anthem. Voight and Upton bring in a girl named Brianna who was at the demonstration. She knew the victim and tells them that both players were getting threats. She also happens to be Denny’s daughter.
Antonio runs down what they know, which isn’t much. Ruzek is still undercover with them. Burgess has some campus security footage. It looks like Dixon followed the victim into the garage. Voight calls for his arrest and it turns out Ruzek just did it.
Voight talks to Dixon who fancies himself a white nationalist. Atwater comes in and chats a bit too. Dixon tells them that he was in the parking garage because he was going to fight the guy but he heard a gunshot and saw a black guy running.
Halstead and Brianna have a PSA moment about kneeling for the flag when there’s a drive by. Halstead manages to get a plate number and calls it in. They start to investigate that too. Ballistics gets a match. The bullets from that are the same as the ones that killed the victim.
Upton and Halstead talk to Brianna and her boyfriend Jamal, the other kneeler, while Burgess and Antonio go to talk to the assistant basketball coach. He owned the truck used in the drive by. He claims he sold it and then directs them to his lawyer. They listen to his phone though and he does call someone about lying low with the truck.
Atwater and Ruzek go to follow that lead because he has ties to the victim and Jamal too. He denies involvement but they think he’s lying. There is a memorial service for the victim and Halstead and Upton are there. Halstead notices that Brianna is on their suspect’s Facebook so they bring her in.
Voight tries to talk to her but Denny comes in. They step out and Voight tells Denny what he knows. Denny blames Jamal and goes back inside. He talks to Brianna. Jamal and the victim both were getting paid by the suspect for shaving points. He’s willing to wear a wire and make a deal. Voight is willing to play ball but Denny is not.
Brianna and Denny are having dinner and she thanks him for his help with Jamal. He tells her that he didn’t help Jamal and they fight. She storms out. Antonio listens in while the suspect and Jamal talk. In the car Voight and Olinsky talk about the ongoing investigation about the guy that killed his son.
Jamal manages to get the confession but before they can move in Brianna turns up. Antonio tries to get her out but Jamal opens his mouth. Guns are drawn and Antonio tries to calm everyone down. Jamal ends up pistol whipped and the gun is pointed at Brianna.
Denny gets to the scene and isn’t thinking rationally. Antonio tries to talk the suspect down but it’s no use. He convinces him to talk to Voight though. He wants a car so Voight gets him one. The guy takes Brianna and Antonio as hostages to get to the car. When the guy tries to shove her in the car she takes off.
Then it’s pandemonium. She gets shot in the back and Denny moves in firing. The guy’s crony and Antonio duke it out and when it seems Antonio may be out, Halstead shoots the guy and saves him. When things settle Denny gets to his daughter and yells for a squad car. She is bleeding out.
At Med, Denny doesn’t let Jamal in to see Brianna. Voight comes over and asks how she’s doing. Denny tells her that she’s dying. Voight tells him that they did everything they could. Denny responds that it was not enough.
So this will spark the Denny/Voight friction even more then? I thought it would go the other way. Denny would kill the guy and his daughter would be safe so he would drop the efforts for that cold case. Guess not. Also, a lot of shows are like this but PD in particular, when they talk about current events they just get so preachy and they try to take a middle ground. It’s like an after school special.