Sofia Vassilieva plays a 19 year-old musician named Sarah who is raped at gunpoint in her own apartment. She waits a day before going to the police to report the crime, so detectives are unable to recover any DNA evidence except for what the suspect left on glass of beer she gave him.
However, Sarah sees her rapist outside of a local bar, allowing Benson and Amaro to track him down and arrest him. The suspect, Michael, tosses a gun under the couch, which Amaro recovers.
Famous attorney and civil liberties advocate Bayard Ellis (played by Andre Braugher) takes Michael's case pro bono in order to expose the NYPD's violations of protocol on both the identification of the suspect and the recovery of the weapon. He casts doubts on the prosecution of his client, claiming the case is racially motivated.
At trial, Ellis suggests the gun was planted by Detective Amaro and reveals that the victim had sex with anonymous black male the night before her rape. The defense attorney raises enough reasonable doubt that the jury finds Michael not guilty of both criminal possession of a weapon and rape, which frustrates an increasingly jaded Benson.
Healing begins when someone bears witness. I saw you. I believe you.Benson
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You can be NYPD and believe in civil liberties.Munch
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