26.5.17

MISCHARACTERIZING CROWN POINT.

I confess to enjoying NBC's Chicago series of assorted public servants dealing with a community that sometimes go bad, whilst somehow managing to hop into bed with colleagues, or break off the affair, and their on the job performance doesn't suffer, and Human Resources don't get involved.  (Yes, anything can happen in a cartoon.)

Sometimes, though, the inattention to detail, which includes the dispatcher rolling trucks to a corner nothing like the real corner, or the mispronunciations of streets and place names, is jarring.  (Yes, even if NBC can arrange cameo appearances of the Stanley Cup or starters for the Cubs.)

But when the producers attempted to characterize Crown Point, Indiana, as a sundown town the mayor found that a gaffe too far.
Chicago police are investigating the murder of a black male in Chicago who was burned to death by someone who accused him of being a pedophile.

The victim had recently been released from jail for statutory rape. Police find out the victim and his girlfriend he was accused of committing the crime against, who is white, lived in Crown Point.

When they visit the aunt of the victim she tells police her nephew was in jail not because his girlfriend was underage, but because she was white.

"And that don't fly in Crown Point, Indiana," she said.

In a later scene two female Chicago police detectives visit a sheriff's department in Crown Point and talk to the arresting officer, who comes off as a sexist buffoon.
They also spoke with some persons of interest in a seedy bar near a railroad junction, more opportunities to show off bad-ass women.

But the railroad junction looked like one in Griffith.  Crown Point used to be on the Chicago - Indianapolis - Columbus - Pittsburgh Panhandle Line of The Pennsylvania Railroad, but that's long gone.

The old courthouse in Crown Point has been repurposed as a series of shops offering artisanal stuff.


There's also a John Dillinger museum on the ground floor, as it was from the Crown Point lockup that Public Enemy No. 1's confederates busted him out, leading the G-Men on a merry chase that included shootouts in Wisconsin and at a Chicago theater, where the chase ended.

Perhaps that history motivated the script writers to set the investigation in Crown Point.  The mayor and the local convention and visitors' bureau would like NBC to apologize.

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