tv News Channel 3 News at 530 CBS February 18, 2016 5:30pm-6:00pm EST
h h h h h h h h h h h h h h h h h h h h h h h h h h h h h h bells ringing) sean: this corned beef is amazing, grandpa. old family recipe. which your great-grandmother guarded with her life. (chuckles) why was it such a big secret? grandma always said a family is held together by its secrets. we're held together by corned beef and cabbage? well... yeah, and tradition. things that are passed on from generation to generation. sounds like the nypd. nicky: how's that? well, the department's like family, and god knows they're good at keeping secrets. what are we talking about? everyone at this table knows abou the nypd's blue wall of silence. (sighs) not me. it's when cops protect each other, no matter what. it's more than that. yeah, like when a skel tries to slug you in the prenct bathroom, whatever they get in return for that, they deserve. exactly. and if the only witness to that is another cop,
(quietly): oh, come on. i assume you're referring to officer walsh. kara's a good cop, and it's possible she didn't see anything. you're toeing the company line now, too, huh? what's that supposed to mean? it means that your sister thinks that all cops lie to cover each other's butts. oh, she didn't say that. okay, i get that cops need to protect themselves, but there have to be some regulations as to how far they can go, right? we have guidelines. danny: that's right. to protect cops and the public. but no matter what the regulationsay, a cop should never rat on their partner. ever. so then the regulations don't really mean much, right? smart kid. what your father's saying is that sometimes the most important thing is personal loyalty. so husbands and wives can't be forced to testify against each other or their kids. that's a relief. don't be getting any bright ideas. that's fin but cutter and walsh are not family. they're partners. all right, but when you're out on the street, the only person that can watch your back is your partner.
but that makes me feel like it's a family. but the law... doesn't see it that way. maybe it should. (sighs) why do we have to leave so early? i have to work... i just want to leave. don't forget the dividends. corned beef makes good leftovers? well, that's the best thing about it. you chop it up with some potatoes and some onions, you fry it up in a skillet, and presto: corned beef hash. i'll take this to the car. it sounds like you've already made up your mind about asking for an indictment against my officer. your officer? that's the way i see 'em. i believe randy cutter is guilty of criminally negligent homicide. and you have enough to back that up? honest, no. i wish i had more.
but it looks to me like the case against him's pretty flimsy. well, it wouldn't be if his partner would admit to what she saw. do you think it's fair to indict a man for what you think is true rather than what you can prove? the point of the grand jury is not to prove innocence or guilt. i just want to convince them to let me try the case. i know the law. i also know christopher collins attacked officer cutter, who was unarmed and outweighed by a good 50 pounds. christopher collins was unarmed, too, and "your officer" used deadly force! if it were me or danny or jamie, we mht've done the same thing. i'm supposed to give cutter thbenefit of the doubt?! the man was defending himself! is that what the prosecutor on the case is supposed to do, or the commissioner's daughter? you chose to make that one and the same, erin. christopher collins was a father who was facing the loss of his daughter,
but he did not deserve to die. (sighs) you really tru your gut on this? yes. officer cutter went too far... and he needs to pay for it i'm just sing she's got a job to do. dad doesn't? i saw him last night. is not happy. why, what, did he say something? didn't have to say anything. erin's name came up and he made that face. was it the i've-got-the weight-of-the-world-on- my-shoulders face or the i-wish- i-never-had-kids face? both faces. and you know what? he's right. she should've never taken the case. well, maybe nobody noticed,
she might become the first female manhattan da. so what? so, if her last name's reagan, she's gotta prove she's indepeent of the nypd and the pc. all of our last names are reagan and we all got careers to worry about, but family comes first. how's it going, jamie? oh, hey, you guys. uh, this is my brother, danny. hey. word is your sister's going pretty hard after cutter. can't talk about that. he's a good cop. she should cut him some slack. (bottle thuds) hey, how about i buy the next round, okay, and you guys take it back from where you came from? cutter w doing his job. your sister shouldn't sell him out for a headline. and you should shut your face. i think you should take my brother up on that beer. or we could just take this outside. hey, come on.
let me get this straight. you're ready to throw down with those two knuckleheads even though they agree with everything you just said about erin? reagan family rule number one: reagans can talk smack all night long. outsiders talk smack, there's gonna be a fight. way to get my back. glad to help. hey, frank. rning, norm. i didn't think you'd take me up on that fishing trip so soon. yeah, well. i was thinking about what you told me, about how randy cutter always wanted to work for the nypd. yeah, yeah. what about it? why did he wait six years to make the move? you'd have to ask him that. i'm asking you. why would a solid cop like cutter-- close to making detective--
and start from scrat with another department? you know, i always considered us colleagues. friends, even, in that "from work" kind of way. you? yeah, sure. there was an allegation that went away with a quick settlement and a quiet resignation. how did you know? i didn't... till now. what i told you about cutter's reputation, that was all true. he was a good cop for us. but it wasn't the whole truth, was it, norm? cutter and his partner collared a couple of kids; possession of narcotics. no weapons. one of 'em ran. cutter took off after him. when his partner caught up, the kid had a fractured skull. i wanted him charged,
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i used to walk ts beat back in the day. as you were. you mind if i tag along? no, sir. been quite a week. you doing okay? just trying to get through it, iuess. you do this job on a razor's edge. you protect people,keep the peace, and try to do it the right way. yes, sir. that goes for me... and randy. but sometimes, despite your best efforts, things go wrong.
i already gave my statement to iab. i read your statement, officer walsh. i'm not here to question it. used to be a polish market on that corner. the stores change, the faces change, but the job we do here... that stays the same. serve and protect. the citizens and your partner. randy always had my back. he made me a better cop. then you owe him for that. but it does not excuse you of the obligatn to enforce the law. collins attacked my partner in that bathroom. randy had the right to defend himself. yes, he did. but if he went too far,
my uncle was a sergeant in the 3-8 for 30 years. and he told me a cop who won't put it all on the line for his partner doesn't deserve to wear the shield. all due respect to your uncle, it's the cop who breaks the law doesn't deserve to wear the shield. (sighs) hey... this thing with my dad has been chewing at me for a-a lo time. and i've tried everything i can think of to get over it, but i just can't. i get that. he did a really bad thing.
he ruined my family. and he did a real job on you. yeah. when you... when you believe in someone completely and they let you down... it messes with you. you start to question your own judgment, and it's like you... it's like i can't trust myself. it's like i can't trust anyone. that's no way to live, eddie. i know. that's why... that's why today after tour, i'm gonna, um... i'm gonna go up there, i'm gonna see my dad. good for you. i-i know i don't have the right to ask you this, but i just was wondering if...
yeah. i could do that. (engine starts) erin: we'll start by presenting the timeline, and then i'll go into the medical examiner's report. i'll have the slides ready to go. great. and... can i talk to you for a second? yeah. i'll meet you inside. i owe you an apology. no. no, you don't owe me anything. except the truth. you were right. i didn't tell you everything saw. i couldn't. i know it's difficult. (inhales deeply) when i heard cutter call for help, i ran to the bathroom.
cutter had collins around the neck. collins was turning blue. (echoing): randy, let him go. randy. i told randy to let him go. get help. but he didn't. i mean, his motor was going pretty good, he was just locked in. go for help! and he told me to go get help. (sighs) i should have stayed. maybe i could have stopped it. no. what happened is not your fault. (inhales) by the time i came back with help, randy was giving him cpr, but... by then it was too late. (sighs) it takes a lot of courage to tell the truth. better late than never, i guess. he didn't mean to kill him, ms. reagan. he just went too f.
(sighs) you okay to go inside? eddie, you all right? (gate buzzes) starting to think that maybe this wasn't such a hot idea. hey, it's gonna be okay. yeah, really? well, maybe you should go in, 'cause i'm gonna go back to the car. hey. hey. eddie. eddie. you're doing the right thing here. it's just crazy. he's... you know, he's my father, and i have absolutely no idea what to say to him. i think he just wants to see you. no. i think he wants me to forgive him. and i don't know that i can do that. you know, when we first started working together, i got to admit, i had my doubts about you. say what? rich girl from the suburbs,
wiseass attitude. oh. like you're god's gift to the nyp then we got in a couple tough spots together, and you know what? you really showed me something. yeah. (sighs) what? no matter what goes down, you never take a step back. you're not afraid, eddie. well, maybe i just do a good job hiding it. either way, you, you do what you got to do. you can do this. what the hell? i left my gun back in my locker, so it's not like i'm gonna shoot the guy. that's the spirit. thank you. yep. (sighs) (sighs) sir. (sighs) officer cutter's here.
(sighs) (floorboards creak) thanks for coming in. please sit down. commissioner. (sighs) i understand you started a fund for christopher collins' daughter. thank you. the least i could do. if-if i could take back what happened... i know. (inhales) hodo you think the grand jury went? (sighs): uh... my lawyers advised me not to testify. i-i wanted to-- wanted to tell them what really happened. well, looks like things are working out for you. i just got a heads up. the grand jury declined to indict you. (laughs quietly) thank you, sir. they say a grand jury will indict a ham sandwich,ut... when a police officer acts in the line of duty,
well, i-i'm just... grateful i can get back to work. not here. sir? oh. i'm sure there are pds that would consider you an asset. but not this one. (sighs) not while i'm police commissioner. uh-- i don't understand. i know what happened out on long island. that was an accident, sir. the guy resisted arrest. like christopher collins? you know, at a certain point, it seems like it's your problem, not their problem. that's not fair. well, it is my job to decide whether two bad incidents in an otherwise stellar seven-year career... make you... an unlucky cop... or a dangerous cop. and i have to err on the side of caution here. look, you walked a beat, commissioner. you know what it's like when your life's on the line.
with restraint and good judgment, even... (tapping on table) ...when our lives are on the line. (sighs) not everyone's built for it. you are not built for it. i defended myself. with a choke hold that is clearly not authorized by this department. look, you-you can't do this. all due respect, sir, i want a hearing. you're still on probation. i can terminate you anytime i choose. (sighs) (taps table twice) randy... (inhales) this job is not about being strong enough to use force. it's about being strong enough not to. (taps table twice) (sighs) i'm sorry. (taps table)
didn't mean to barge in. well, security didn't call. you must have some juice. most of the guys downstairs used to work for me. well, you cops do stick together. i heard about the grand jury. well, i thought i was home free once officer walsh came forward. (sighs) thank you for that, by the way. i don't know what you're talking about. i also got an anonyms tip that cutter had cracked someone's skull open in long island. i suppose you don't know anything about that, either. nope. (sighs) (sets file down) (keys jingling, shuffling papers) cutter wouldn't take the stand, so i didn't get his violent past on the record. what about officer walsh's stimony? (sighs) it wasn't enough. at the end of the day, the jurors just saw a cop
started out that way. yeah. (inhales) i just wish cutter knew when to stop and i pray he doesn't go out there and do it all over again. he won't. (sets down coffee mug) not here, anyway. hmm. what happened to, uh, giving him the benefit of the doubt? in this case, it didn't benefit anybody but him. (keys jingle) look at you, all wised up. (sighs) (smacks lips) when i found out you were handling the case... i reacted badly. well, i could have given you a heads up. you were doing your job. i was only thinking of mine.
isn't this place charming? as advertised, but you didn't invite me here for the charm or the ice cream. we can't just have ice cream? we can, but not in this instance. better chance of being hit by lightning. (chuckles) okay, i have a problem. well, first of all, your mom's got a lot on her plate, and i think she's doing an outstanding job considering... it's not about mom. oh. it's about my teacher. (phone rings) it's like she's made it her mission in life to keep me from ever graduating. turn that thing off. but what if it's important? choose. look, here's the problem. she's notorious for being harder on the girls, but when she found out i was from a family of cops... look, i should really check it.
oor opens, bell dings) grandpa... how would you feel if i was constantly interrupting? deputy commissioner moore just walked in. (bell dings) hold that thought. a cop's been shot. (sighs) who and ere? north end bus yard, multiple precincts rolled, but dio chatter's not clear on a name, how bad they're hit. we've got conflicting descriptns of perps and direction of flight. tell me something we do know. whoever's down is a detective out of danny's precinct. (sighs) danny: this is detective reagan. leave a message. hey, danny, it's me; give me a call. let me know everything's okay. hey, voice mail again? yeah, third time. you heard anything new? lady called 911,