On the season finale of “CSI: NY,” there was a riot going on: in the streets, even in the police department. In “Today is Life,” we hit the ground running, with cop car cam-footage of an officer in hot pursuit. As the cop jumped out of his car, the scene alternated between on-camera and off-camera footage, as he and his partner attempted to corral a pair of young African-American jewelry thieves, dressed in telltale hoodies. We hear a shot ring out, off-screen- but we don’t see who was on the receiving end, if anyone.
If you were thinking this sounds somewhat familiar, that’s because this is one of those ripped-from-the-headlines type stories that shows like “CSI” and “Law & Order” do on a semi-regular basis. In this case, it’s the sad true story of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black youth shot down in what may or may not have been racially-motivated circumstances.