'Scandal' Takes On Institutionalized Racism And Police Brutality In Ferguson-Inspired Episode

March 6, 2015 3:39 AM

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'Scandal' Takes On Institutionalized Racism And Police Brutality In Ferguson-Inspired Episode

Thursday night's "Scandal" focused on the shooting of an unarmed black teen named Brandon Parker in Washington, D.C., less than two miles from the White House. In the episode, called "The Lawn Chair," tensions run high as the boy's father positions himself in front of his son's body with a shot gun, refusing to move from the crime scene. Mere days after being held hostage and auctioned on the black market, Olivia Pope is brought on the help the police force manage the incident. She works to avoid a riot, but soon finds herself disillusioned by the people she is defending.

It doesn't take long for Liv to be swayed by the injustice, and she joins forces with the activist leading the crowd surrounding Brandon and his father Clarence. "All lives matter," she chants.

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