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Sergeant Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) will deal with a sensitive issue in this week's episode of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit". The fifth episode of season 17 is titled "Community Policing" and it will air on NBC this Wednesday, 12 October, at 9pm.

The official synopsis of the sequel reads: "In the pursuit of an SVU rape suspect, detectives from another precinct shoot and kill an unarmed black man. As racial tensions rise in the city, Barba (Rafael Esparza) is tasked to indict three officers who claim they had no choice but to follow police procedure".

As the title and description of the episode suggest, Hargitay's character will have to deal the case very careful as even the simplest mistake might evoke communal riots.

Meanwhile, a trailer of the fifth episode hints at a heated argument between Benson and Rafael. When the Sergeant tries to defend the convicted detectives by saying, "They were doing what any cop would have done in that situation", the DA asks if she would do the same.

There is also a buzz that the upcoming sequel is inspired from the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri last year. However, the followers of the show cannot expect any kind of conclusion on the incident.

CLICK HERE to watch "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" season 17 episode 5, titled "Community Policing", on NBC at 9pm on Wednesday, 14 October.

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