Law & Order had to decommission one of its long-running characters in order to stay alive

Law & Order had to decommission one of its long-running characters in order to stay alive ...

Law & Order: Organized Crime's showrunner Craig Gore was fired amidst heated Facebook comments about the 2020 protests. The sister Chicago Police Department's law enforcement franchise is still going strong, and it's unlikely that police shows will resume.

Kelli Giddish, an actress who plays Detective Amanda Rollins in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, appears to have been a victim of the Law & Orders shakeup, while her departure shows how far the Law & Order universe has come.

Kelli Giddish's departure from Law & Order: Special Victims Unit was not planned on her own, and was cited by the show's new showrunner David Graziano as part of the show's 13th season. She has quickly become an example of the limits of professional cop shows to truly protect and serve their communities, despite her many exceptions.

In later seasons, we learn that Rollins was raped by her former boyfriend in Atlanta, who assaults another deputy in the season 16 episode Forgiving Rollins. It's a reaction that flew in the face of how SVU was being treated at the time, as a kind of justice wish fulfillment for survivors who hoped their assaults would be treated with the same respect as the dedicated detectives who investigated these brutal crimes every week on NBC, but especially Captain Olivia Benson, the patron saint of

Even with all the information we come to know about Rollins, including her sister, the irritant Kim, played with aplomb by Lindsay Pulsipher, forgiveness was hard in comparison to Benson. As a character, she is always poorly written and allows for the least charitable read on her as a character that keeps her from maturing, as a person who has seemingly risen above her toxic family yet always regressing.

Rollins is a compassionate person, and we understand why she does not treat survivors with respect. A halfhearted episode about her going to therapy to heal her toxic upbringing ended in her being held hostage (and thats it). It's unsettling for a detective charged with debunking rapists to ridicule such a group of individuals. According to the Urban Justice Center, this is a major problem.

Rollins is the latest in a long line of SVU that is still fighting the ripped from the headlines. This is a problem with the true-crime genre as a whole; many will argue that the damage the franchise has done to the perception of police over the course of two decades cannot be reversed in a few months.

Detective Rollins isn't the only problem with SVU; she's just one component of a larger problem with cop shows and law enforcement more broadly. She was never forced to learn from her mistakes, but it's at least a step in the right direction.