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Ben Sherman
Ben Sherman
Basic Facts
Age Early 20's
Occupation LAPD Police Officer
Rank Police Officer II
Division Hollywood Division (Season 1-3 )
Alvarado Division (end of Season 3- )
Home Castaic,California
Relationships
Lovers Jenna (high school)
Daisy Milliard (during season 1)
Brooke Riley (during season 5)
Elena (during season 5)
Family Ben Sherman, Sr. (Father)
Linda Sherman (Mother)
Olivia Sherman (Half-sister)
Chloe Sherman (Half-Sister)
Background
Education Harvard-Westlake (after a semester transferred to public school because his father stopped paying the tuition)
Portrayed By
Ben Mckenzie

Officer Ben Sherman is a young police officer with the Los Angeles Police Department.

BiographyEdit

Ben Sherman was born and raised in the wealthy neighborhood of Bellagio & Stone Canyon, Los Angeles, by his parents Ben Sherman Sr. and Linda Sherman. His father is a well known LA criminal defense attorney allowing Ben to grow up living in a very privileged lifestyle. Ben's world suddenly turned upside down when, at the age of ten, his parents split because of the unsavory drug-dealing people Ben's father dealt with. One night, Ben responded to a commotion in the house and found his mother apparently being raped by one of those men. He tried to intervene and got his teeth knocked out as the man fought him off and left. Later on, it's revealed that Linda tried to 'pay off' her former husband's debts by providing sexual favors to the dealer. After the attack the father of one of Ben's school friends took them both to the Beverly Hills Gun Club and taught them how to shoot. Despite the misunderstanding of what had transpired, the incident left a deep psychological effect on the young Ben Sherman, resulting in his hatred towards his father, his protectiveness of women, and his desire to be a cop.

FamilyEdit

After Ben's father left him and his mother, his father then remarried and fathered two half-sisters, Olivia Sherman and Chloe Sherman. Despite the fact that he hates his father, he has no disdain towards his half sisters whom he cares very deeply for. Ben is shown to be very loving and close to his mother, and resents when his father tries to make amends with his mother in season one. While visiting his mother, he catches his father and mother together and punches his father in front of his training officer, John Cooper. Despite the immense hatred he has for his father, Ben's father does not reciprocate his disdain and makes a genuine attempt to make amends with his son, but to no avail.

LAPD CareerEdit

Ben started out at the Police Officer I level, which is the probationary period of any officer. Serving as John Cooper's 'boot' throughout the first three seasons in the Hollywood Division in West Bureau. Ben's first day on the job landed him his first shooting as well, where the young officer shot and killed a suspect who had opened fire on a fellow officer, Dewey. Cooper predicted that day that Ben will 'continue to be a superior police officer', although the training officer's drug habits served as a bad role model for his trainee, who he was often at odds with.

At the end of Season Three Ben finally confronts Cooper about his drug addiction as their partnership draws to a close. Cooper is given an ultimatum; turn himself into rehab or have Ben report him to the watch commander. Cooper reluctantly agrees and thanks Ben for his help. Ben is then promoted to the Police Officer 2 level and subsequently partnered with Sammy Bryant, who voluntarily returned to patrol duty after years of being a Gang and Narcotics Division detective. Cooper and Ben share a scene in the following season, but both are unable to put aside their past troubles together. Ironically, Ben gets into a feud with Sammy as well when he accuses his partner of planting evidence (Ben searched the suspect and found no illegal substances, but later discovered some in their patrol car when the suspect was booked into prison). Only after did Ben find out that the drugs were a leftover from the previous shift, but despite his honest repentance, the two were never quite the same after that as Sammy felt betrayed. Later on the two are assaulted by a pimp named Ronnie, who Ben beat up after discovering the criminal had both his lover and daughter turning tricks for money. The assassination attempt leaves Sammy in the hospital and Ben out looking for revenge. Ben buys a ticket for the daughter to go back to her hometown and tracks down Ronnie, despite his partner's pleas to think rationally and not cross the line between cop and criminal. Ben corners Ronnie in an alley and manipulates the suspect into drawing his firearm. Ben kills Ronnie with a single shot in the chest.

As Sammy recovers, there is a noticeable change in his perception of Ben, whose personal issues and sense of street justice have left their partnership deteriorated. In the final season, Ben is shown to have grown overconfident in his abilities and powers as a police officer. He begins dating Brooke, but cheats on her with Elena and helps Elena's brother get out of trouble with the law and hides evidence. Ben hires Elena's brother to ransack Sammy's house and steal a tape that the internal affairs department wants to see that shows Sammy losing his cool with his ex-wife, Tammi during a custody exchange for Sammy's son, Nate. Ben keeps it a secret so that Sammy has plausible deniability, but Sammy wants to find out who broke into his house and take revenge. This leads to Ben being caught by Sammy. The two have a fist fight in the Alvarado unit parking lot and swear their relationship is over due to Ben's misconduct. The series ends without ever revealing if Ben was disciplined or not.

PersonalityEdit

Ben Sherman sees the world in a more realistic attitude, compared to his spoiled childhood friends and relatives who live in a complete fantasy world. Like most young beginning police officers Ben Sherman is ambitious, intelligent, has a strong work ethic and is driven with the desire to help save the world.

Beginning in Season 4, Ben has become admittedly more cynical toward his law enforcement career. Though he still tends to carry out his daily proceedings "by the book" and has a proclivity to confront other officers not following procedure, he has displayed behavior that suggests the job is beginning to wear on his patience with and outlook on society. Ostensibly, this was shown in the episode Underwater, when he strikes a rowdy, teenage girl with a closed fist after she makes repeated verbal harassment toward him and subsequently spits in his face. He also becomes restless with his inability to 'make a difference', which he states as the reason he wanted to become a cop, and it culminates in Ben manipulating an abusive pimp into giving him the chance to make an in-policy shooting at the end of the season. This leaves a rift in Ben's partnership with Sammy, who feels he failed his younger counterpart.

Ben also has had a tendency throughout the series to engage in one-night stands with multiple different women; one case was when he was in bed with two women and had to jump out the window to escape because one of the woman's husband had returned earlier than expected. A possible explanation of this behavior is due to the common stressors of being a police officer along with the long hours that leave him little to no time to establish meaningful romantic relationships despite being seen as attractive by many women he encounters on the job.

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