LaRoyce Hawkins: A Voice for the Culture
It seems like cop shows are a dime a dozen nowadays. You have NYPD this, Code Blue that, Swat, etc, but NBC’s “Chicago P.D.” beats to a different drum. That’s mainly because of its cast. It’s cast like Chicago: a little bit of hip-hop, a little thug and rachet, but all heart.
One of the standouts in the cast is Officer Kevin Atwater, played by LaRoyce Hawkins. Even though he’s a cop, Atwater lives in a predominantly African-American neighborhood suburb where gun violence is real. It’s because of that, he can flip the script, talk a good game while still standing up for what’s right.
“I’m grateful to be that voice to speak for both cultures,” Hawkins told the Chicago Tribune, “the black culture and the cop culture.”