Keeping your friends close and your enemies closer is a cliche statement at this point but one whose truth value has not changed since its coiner uttered it. Underestimating your enemy can have devastating consequences, and this was Kim Burgess' (Marina Squerciati) lesson on Chicago PD season 11 episode 3, "Safe Harbor."
The episode centered on Kim's atypical shift in the 13th District that saw her come face to face with one of the worst kind of police -- corrupt, killer cops.
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Danny Alvarado (EJ Bonilla) fooled Kim and was about to be feted for being a hero, but later, Kim realized that he'd been the wolf all along. But even if Kim missed some signs, the trappings were present for any viewer that Danny was a bad cop.
Danny was able to get away with a lot because he hid behind the uniform. He pretended to be on the same team with Kim so that he could blind her emotionally, and it worked for a while.
Contrary to the District 13 Desk Sergeant who expressed his disdain for the immigrants, Danny hid behind a smile and fake intentions.
Alvarado inserted himself into the investigation
Alvarado had no business in being in that investigation. but he managed to finesse his way into it by acting distraught and offended on behalf of the police and the Brown immigrants who had been attacked.
There were pointers that he was lying about being allowed to work with Intelligence. Everything was reported and Hank Voight (Jason Beghe) never questioned how his superior cleared him to work with Intelligence without running it by Hank first.
It might be true that he went to his Sergeant and lied that Hank wanted him on the investigation after the fact. His behavior didn't raise any red flags for obvious reasons but it should have.
Alvarado was ready to shoot before he saw the suspect
Trigger-happy cops have been a menace to the general public for a long time. While not eradicated, cases of cops shooting innocent civilians have subsided. But a cop's behavior can be a great indicator as to what their feelings or intentions towards a suspect might be.
When the team arrived at the yard, Danny exhibited suspicious behavior during the briefing. Even before the team started looking for Marshall, Danny was ready to draw his gun and kept his hand on the holster the whole time.
He exhibited a behavior found in rookies but he was no rookie. His family was a police family and he said that he had joined the force as soon as he was born so he knew everything there was to know about policing.
He was jumpy at the mention of Marshall's name and grasped the holster even tighter. Alvarado was a prime example of why it is important to stay vigilant all the time. He used his identity as a Latino man and cop to fool the people around him.
Everyone expected him to be an ally to the immigrants because of their shared ethnicity. He treated them worse than the Desk Sergeant. We're just glad Torres (Benjamin Levy Aguilar) is coming back.