White Racist Cop At It Once more on ‘The Rookie:’ ‘We Would not Have Half the Issues if Extra of Them Behaved’
More is at stake in The Rookie’s episode, “Sabotage,” on Jan. 24, now that Officer Jackson West (Titus Makin Jr.) meets Sergeant Wade Gray (Richard T. Jones) and fellow Officers Lucy Chen ( Melissa O ‘) collaborates. Neil) and Tim Bradford (Erica Winter) defeat officer Doug Stanton (Brandon Routh), who is presented to the audience as a racist white police officer in person.
One of the first interactions Stanton has with a civilian in this episode is stopping a law abiding Hispanic:
Stanton: Got that game last night?
West: Yes. It was brutal. I can’t believe they could come back to us.
Stanton: Uh-huh. Yeah I believed That’s why I won $ 200. Something looks out of place for you?
West: Uh, not me –
Stanton: Dispatch, 7-adam-07, shows us at a pedestrian stop, Waring and Seward.
Chen: Seward and Waring. Let’s go.
Bradford: Relax. We can’t be too obvious. Doug realizes we’re tailing him, Jackson is done. We’ll approach and wait to see if it escalates.
Stanton: Hey, buddy. Live here?
Armand: No sir. Just came from a friend.
Stanton: Ah. Where are you going now?
Armand: bus stop.
Stanton: Bus stop is like that. Do you have an identity card?
Armand: Yes sir.
Stanton: Dispatch, 7-Adam-07. Ready for a party. Last from Gusta, first from Armand. Dob, July 26, 1990. Are you on the way Unless she comes back with bad news. Do you have outstanding warrants?
Armand: I was never arrested, sir.
Dispatch: 7-adam-07, Gusta comes back clear and valid.
Stanton: Let’s go.
West: The bus stop is like this, sir.
Armand: Thank you officers.
West: Of course.
Stanton: See [sighs] That’s the kind of citizen I like. Knows his place, respects authority. You know, we wouldn’t have half the problems we have if more of them acted like this.
The situation is not escalating; It’s just a scene for writers to suggest to viewers that Stanton is a racist. Of course, for the sake of the drama, the episode gets worse.
Stanton later pulls a black woman over for keeping a stop sign; The scene begins with Stanton and West going to their car. It leads to her arrest when she reveals that she has her ex-husband’s guns in her trunk:
Stanton: Do you know you walked that stop sign back there? License, registration, proof of insurance.
Erika: They are in my pocket. Is it okay if I reach for them?
Stanton: Slowly. Why are you so nervous?
Erika: No reason.
Stanton: Erika. Is something illegal in the car or in yourself?
Erika: No sir.
Stanton: Great. You don’t mind if we search the car?
Uh, we don’t have to search the car.
Stanton: As you said, there’s nothing illegal here so you don’t mind if we do a search, do you?
Erika: Uh, yes. Yes I think so. But … there are guns in the trunk.
Stanton: Hands where I can see them. Get out of the car.
Erika: They belong to my ex-husband. I was on my way to the police station to drop it off.
Stanton: Go to the sidewalk.
Erika: Look, we’re going to finalize our divorce and he’s not happy with the way it is going and he threatened to kill me.
West: Did you get an injunction?
Erika: Yeah. But it doesn’t stop him from driving past the house every day.
Stanton: You don’t live with your husband?
Erika: Ex-husband. And no.
Stanton: How did you get the guns?
Erika: I used my old key.
Stanton: Erika, you are under arrest.
Stanton: burglary, possession of stolen property …
Stanton: ..illegally transport of firearms.
Erika: Why? I told you I’m going to hand her over to the police.
Stanton: You can tell all that to the judge.
West: Okay, can I speak to you for a second, sir?
Stanton: Take a seat at the curb.
West: You see, do we really need to include them? Let’s just book the guns and write them down for DA review. Come on dude. What are you saying?
Stanton: First, don’t ever talk to me like that again. “Come on dude”? I’m your manager, not one of your homeboys.
West: Yes sir.
Stanton: And second, this woman just admitted three crimes. She says she’s surrendering the guns, but who can say she wasn’t on her way to blast her ex-husband’s brain? She goes in. Fill out your booking form. I’ll call a tow.
West: Come on.
Erika: Oh please. Please, you don’t have to do this, okay? Look help me I can’t go to jail.
West: I’m sorry. I’m so sorry.
Stanton looks cruel and heartless. It is later revealed that the woman’s story has been “checked out”. What if it wasn’t? Our main characters may want Stanton gone, but he’s also a veteran of the job who knows a thing or two.
When Jackson later recounted the story to fellow rookie Lucy Chen, she apologized for calling out and saying that what Stanton did was “terrible but lawful.” Jackson complains, “She needed protection from her ex. But instead of helping … it turns out she also needed protection from the cops.”
A later scene opens up the possibility that Stanton will attack a suspect. Stanton and West respond to a tip they are about to see a drug deal. The suspect takes off with a backpack full of evidence that he dumps in a storm drain. When officers catch up with the suspect, Stanton finds that he has lost his body camera. The suspect opens his mouth, makes “your mom” comments, and has Stanton tell him, “You and I are going to have a lesson on respect.”
West’s job is to hold the evidence while Stanton brings in the suspect. While alone, West tries to call Sergeant Gray and leaves a voicemail saying, “I think Doug is about to beat up a suspect and he lost his body camera so there will be no record!” before rushing to Stanton. However, after the commercial break, we learn that the suspect is fine, Stanton found his body camera, and he’s upset that West left the evidence.
The final moments of the episode are from Gray pondering the news that Stanton West wrote. According to Stanton, West “disobeyed a direct order and left vital evidence unattended. Now the drug dealer’s attorney can drop charges because Jackson broke the custody chain. “Then he intones ominously,” I mean, it’s a bloody shame. The boy has such great potential. Be such a waste to have him washed out of the program. “
Another storyline this season follows newly promoted Detective Angela Lopez (Alyssa Diaz), who is pregnant. Only in the fourth episode does her fiancé Wesley (Shawn Ashmore) admit that he is predisposed to Fragile X Syndrome.
When Lopez looks up the syndrome on her desktop, a window will open with an explanation for a third trimester abortion.
While Lopez doesn’t mention abortion to anyone she confided her fears to, at least it is on her mind. Wesley explained that the syndrome can cause “intellectual disabilities” and “seizures”. Other physical symptoms include a long head, flexible fingers, and large ears, to name a few. All of them are barely any reasons to justify a third trimester abortion, which causes a fatal heart attack in the uterus and the aborted stillborn child.
Viewers will see what happens next when The Rookie returns on February 14th.