‘Chicago P.D.’: ‘Kevin is Going to Be Different From Here on Out’ Actor LaRoyce Hawkins Reveals

by Jeremy Spirogis
LaRoyce Hawkins as Officer Kevin Atwater, Marina Squerciati as Officer Kim Burgess

LaRoyce Hawkins portrays a singular area of interest in Chicago P.D. As Officer Kevin Atwater, Hawkins represents the one Black member of the Intelligence Team within the Chicago PD’s 21st District. As such, he’s usually undercover as somebody concerned in varied legal actions.

Many really feel Hawkins’s appearing abilities had been underutilized, that’s till Season 6 when a few episodes places Kevin, and in flip Hawkins, by means of emotional turbulence that modified the character and the real-life actor eternally.

A mix of two episodes throughout that season, “Black and Blue” and “Night in Chicago,” introduced plenty of change to the character and Hawkins, personally. “He loves his job and his colleagues and his community,” he stated in an interview with Black Girl Nerds. “But he has to make some decisions that will affect him. But Kevin is going to be different from here on out.”

Hawkins’ life earlier than and early with ‘Chicago P.D.’

LaRoyce Hawkins as Officer Kevin Atwater, Marina Squerciati as Officer Kim Burgess
LaRoyce Hawkins as Officer Kevin Atwater, Marina Squerciati as Officer Kim Burgess | Matt Dinerstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank

Hawkins was born and raised in Harvey, Illinois, a Chicago suburb. The 32-year-old joined his highschool speech staff. He attended Illinois State University on scholarship majoring in theater arts and began showing in comedy golf equipment.

He was forged in a couple of movies whereas additionally being forged in a single episode every of Detroit 1-8-7 and Underemployed. Landing the recurring function as Kevin Atwater in Chicago Fire in 2013, and subsequently on its spinoff present, Chicago PD, has been Hawkins’ main break.

During his entrance in Chicago Fire and the primary season of Chicago PD, Kevin is seen working as a patrol officer partnered with Kim Burgess (Marina Squerciati). His historical past was one among having grown up within the gang-infested initiatives of Chicago. While members of his household and associates have been concerned in legal actions, Kevin managed to steer clear turning to the occupation of regulation enforcement, based on Chicago P.D. Wiki Fandom.

Following an undercover function with Detective Alvin Olinsky (Elias Koteas), Kevin was employed into the Intelligence Unit in Season 2 underneath the management of Sgt. Hank Voight (Jason Beghe). He has been there ever since working nicely with the others throughout the unit.

Kevin’s dealings with a racist cop

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During the episode, “Night in Chicago,” which aired in February 2019, Kevin goes undercover to assist carry down a harmful heroin enterprise. He befriends Daryl Ingram (Phillip Johnson Richardson), assistant to the top of the legal ring.

While the 2 are driving at evening to select up some product, they’re pulled over by two white law enforcement officials. The episode was one revealing racial-bias with the 2 black males being interrogated and harassed by the officers all of the whereas Kevin sustaining his cowl. The result was that of Daryl being shot and killed by one of many officers, Tom Doyle (Mickey O’Sullivan).

The episode was directed and produced by Eric LaSalle of ER fame. It was, “one of the most powerful and history-making storylines in the era of police dramas,” Hawkins stated, based on Black Girl Nerds. 

This episode has a really delicate reference to “Black and Blue” from the earlier season. Hawkins wore the identical black hoodie in every episode. In “Black and Blue” he was carrying it when he threw a gun into the river, which might have been proof in a case, to forestall a juvenile, who used it defending his aunt, from being convicted and going to jail.

The episode resulted in Kevin’s questioning his PD values versus these of his group. Hawkins was conscious about his character beforehand carrying that hoodie then and requested about carrying it for “Night in Chicago.”

“Kevin goes it through a lot of conflict as a person and a police officer,” Hawkins stated.

“I knew that the storyline was big and it was an important episode,” Hawkins added. “This is some of our best work. This was going to be something that the fans of the show would not forget.”

Hawkins additional revealed that he watched the documentary, Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland earlier than filming the episode. “Every emotion in my face, from the time Kevin and Daryl are stopped by the police, to the moment Kevin has a cop’s gun pressed against his head, I thought of Sandra Bland. Kevin represented what we as Blacks go through in our communities,” Hawkins stated. 

In July 2015, Bland, a 28-year-old black activist, was arrested in Texas following a pretextual visitors cease for failing to sign a lane change in Texas. Three days later, in an obvious suicide, Bland was discovered hanging in her cell. Her expertise has been described as an essential turning level within the Black Lives Matter motion, based on the New York Times.

The ‘Chicago P.D.’ Season 7 finale

Kevin finds himself having to work alongside Doyle to take down an arms’ supplier in what grew to become the Season 7 finale, as a result of shortened manufacturing of the present as a result of onset of the coronavirus. The episode, “Silence of the Night,” confirmed Doyle chasing after a black man with out affordable trigger and ended with gunfire inflicting the deaths of Doyle and a second man, based on Cinema Blend.

Subsequently, two black males are being held whereas being accused of firing first, and Kevin is aware of higher.

It is as much as Kevin to resolve whether or not to inform the reality, sharing that Doyle fired first, or to by means of that reality apart, defending his fellow regulation enforcement officer, and exposing himself to Doyle’s associates throughout the Chicago Police Department renewing these emotions of his group versus his dedication to the police drive. He chooses the latter discovering Doyle’s former accomplice ready at his dwelling afterward staring him down.

Be positive to tune in to Season Eight whereas Kevin offers together with his determination that has angered Doyle’s associates throughout the PD and his household. There is little question he’s going to have to look at his again.

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