‘Law & Order’ criticized by fans for ‘disrespectful’ portrayal of service member with uniform mistake

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“Law & Order” fans are trained to follow clues, and they caught a glaring mistake on a character’s military uniform during Thursday’s episode of the popular crime show.

In the episode “Chain of Command”, Michael Bakkensen portrays Sgt. Brice Crawford, with Hugh Dancy as Executive District Attorney Nolan Price and Odelia Halevi as Assistant District Attorney Samantha Maroon.

Social media users noticed that the uniform was not in line with the story as his character was supposed to be a sergeant major.

“How can you have a guy in an army uniform that shows he’s a sergeant first class and tell him he’s a sergeant major,” one user tweeted. “Really? You want me to ignore that?”

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“Law & Order” fans erupted in grief over the inaccurate portrayal of a military service member.
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One Twitter fan wrote, “I just retired after 28 years of service. I served in Iraq just in time for Camp Vijay. It was an insult when the NCO wearing Sergeant First Class stripes introduced himself as Sergeant Major. The rank is correct. If you If you pay a military expert, fire them.”

Another loyal follower wrote, “Uhhh they messed up the sergeant major, his stripes weren’t right… do better.”

The “Law & Order” episode “Chain of Command” featured the wrong military uniform according to viewers
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“I love this show, but you need to do better when portraying military members,” commented another Twitter user.

“The last episode of Law & Order had a ‘Sergeant Major’ who wore the rank of Sergeant First Class. It completely ruined the whole episode and really made it unbelievable.”

Some fans, however, were not bothered by the uniforms and praised the program on Twitter, calling it a “beautifully relevant heart-wrenching episode, an outpouring of compassion and understanding.”

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Christopher Meloni and Mariska Hargitt worked together on “Law & Order” for decades.
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LBL Digital has reached out to NBC for comment.

Created by Dick Wolf “Law and Order” franchise in 1990, which has since spawned several spinoffs and over 1,000 episodes of television.

John Oliver recently blasted the show for pushing a “fantasy” version that includes real law enforcement, with fictional characters openly “pro-law enforcement.”

“As much as Dick Wolf brags about how the show is written in shades of gray or how it will show both sides of an issue, there’s one side that’s always on and that’s the police,” Oliver said.

‘Law & Order’ criticized by fans for ‘disrespectful’ portrayal of service member with uniform mistake

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