Ripped From Which Headline? "Four Cops Shot"

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March 23 2010 6:56 AM

Ripped From Which Headline? "Four Cops Shot"

We all know that Law & Order rips its stories from the headlines—but which headlines? Every week, Brow Beat matches L&O' s plot points to the events that inspired them.

March 22, 2010, "Four Cops Shot"

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These Are Their Stories
A man shoots and kills four cops—three men and a woman—who are eating lunch in a pizza shop.

This Is the Real Story
On Nov. 29, 2009, Maurice Clemmons entered a coffee shop in Lakewood, Wash., and killed four police officers—three men and a woman—who were eating breakfast and working on their laptops. After a two-day manhunt, Clemmons was shot and killed by a police officer.

June Thomas is a Slate culture critic and editor of Outward, Slate’s LGBTQ section.